My name is Paul, and on the interwebs I also go by Blue Shoe or Blue Kutsu. I'm originally from New York, currently living in Maryland and working in Washington D.C. My first real exposure to Japanese culture, aside from eating sushi and doing some judo as a kid, was studying Japanese in college. I studied abroad in Tokyo twice, graduated, and then went to work as an ALT on the JET Program in Hyogo prefecture, near Osaka. Since 2012 I've been working for a Japanese government-affiliated telecom policy research organization in Washington. I also do occasional translation work and am a board member for the DC chapter of JETAA.
I started JADJ in 2009 as a vessel for sharing my experiences while living in Japan and studying Japanese. There was a lot of weird/cool/interesting stuff that I was seeing on a near-daily basis, and I felt the need to send it all up to the Great Repository - the Internet. Since then, the aim and frequency of my posts have changed depending on what's been going on in my life. Rather than photos and anecdotes, more often these days I tend to focus on language, translation, and general cultural posts, along with other bits of interesting Japan-related junk.
If you'd like to contact me, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 1/4/2014