My name is Paul, but I also go by Blue Shoe or Blue Kutsu. I'm an American originally from New York, currently living 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. I was there for 3 years and am now doing my best to build a life here in the States and retain as much of a connection to Japan as I can.
I started this blog back in July of 2009 to crowd the internet with yet one more niche blog about Japan. Along with several periodic contributors and guest bloggers, I'm doing my best to bring you a variety of Japan-related content on a semi-regular basis.
There are a ton of Japan-related sites out there, many of them of high-quality. Some are photo blogs, some filled with rants and musings about life in J-land, some Japanese language study aids, and some focused on the quirky, the weird, and the Engrish. Many are some combination. Where does JADJ fall?
I used to have a long spiel here about the goals and evolution of the website, but I think it's best to simply say JADJ is primarily a blog about Japan (be it language, culture, or what have you) and secondarily a blog about my life. Often the two come together. These days I tend to focus more on Japanese language posts, as that's where most of my Japan-related energy is going.
Last updated: 11/20/2012