My name is Paul; I also go by Blue Shoe or Blue Kutsu. I'm originally from New York and now live near D.C. My first real exposure to Japanese culture, aside from eating sushi and doing some judo as a kid, was studying the language in college. I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Tokyo twice, graduated, and then went to work as an ALT on the JET Program in Hyogo prefecture. 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 medium 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. 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. I'm also into video games and telecom news, so the occasional related post may sneak in.
If you'd like to contact me, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 10/10/2014