August 2019 – We’re Havin’ a Heat Wave

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August this year was a blur of heat, sweat, and flashy costumes.  Let’s see if you get as exhausted reading about it as I did doing it. 今年の八月は暑さと汗と、はでなコスプレでいっぱいでした。 私が疲れたように、あなたも読んで疲れるかな。 Tokyo Design Festa Surprise My favorite art event, Tokyo Design Festa, held an additional occurrence this year, taking advantage of temporary space created for the Olympics. This… Continue reading August 2019 – We’re Havin’ a Heat Wave

July 2019 – Wonder Festival 2019

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This month the rainy season gave way to some awful, steamy, humid days that left me wanting to do nothing other that lay under my air conditioner.  I managed to get out of my apartment enough to attend Wonder Festival and to play some games. 今月、 梅雨が終わって天気が蒸し暑くなりました。 エアコンの下にずっと寝ころがっていたかったです。 なんとかアパートを出てWonder Festivalに参加してボードゲームをしてきました。 Wonder Festival Summer, 2019 Typically held in… Continue reading July 2019 – Wonder Festival 2019

June 2019 – To Be or What Now?

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The steamy humidity of June in Japan’s rainy season sapped my will to get up from my computer, yet I still managed to drag myself to see some art and rock and to do some gaming.  日本の梅雨の蒸し暑さからパソコンから離れる気力がなくなりますが、何とかアートとロックを見に行ってゲームを少ししました。 Dramatic Affliction Hararabi Habiko, an illustrator I have known for almost as long as I have lived in… Continue reading June 2019 – To Be or What Now?

May 2019 – High Society

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May turned out to be a really fun month, full of games, art, and people beating other people up. 五月は楽しい月になりました。 たくさんのゲームとアートと互いに戦っている人がたくさんいました。 Kirapro Wrestling Although nowhere near the heights it reached in the 80’s, professional wrestling is alive and well in this century, especially in the form of small, independent organizations. I went to Itabashi to check… Continue reading May 2019 – High Society

April 2019 – Golden Meh

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In April I moved to Indeed’s new office and declared war on my to-do list. 四月にIndeedの新しい事務所に引っ越して、 「やることリスト」に戦線布告しました。 Diner’s Club I managed to meet up with some old friends this month. Eiichi and I tried a newfangled ramen shop where you dip your noodles rather than having them served in the soup. It was a nice… Continue reading April 2019 – Golden Meh

March 2019 – Cleveland and Cherry Blossoms

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This month I continued my trip in the States and saw some art and flowers. 今月アメリカの出張を続けて 芸術と桜を鑑賞しました。 Hello, I Must Be Going At the end of last month I traveled to Austin, Texas on business. The whole trip was two weeks and I decided to spend the weekend at Mom’s place in Cleveland. We had… Continue reading March 2019 – Cleveland and Cherry Blossoms

February 2019 – Deep in the Stomach

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The big news from February is that I was back in the States for a business trip. I visited Indeed’s HQ in Austin, Texas for two weeks of training and overeating. This month, I was also busy furnishing my apartment. But I had a little fun as well. 二月の大きなニュースはアメリカに出張をしたことです。2週間の研修と暴食 のため/に テキサスのオースチンのIndeedの本部を訪ねました。 今月もアパートの家具もたくさん買いました.でもちょっと楽しかったです。 Cards on the Table… Continue reading February 2019 – Deep in the Stomach

December 2018 – Here It Goes Again

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Sorry for the delay, folks.  As you can imagine, December was crazily busy as I tried to learn a new job while searching for an apartment. みなさん、遅れてすみません。12月はすごく忙しくて新しい仕事を習いながらアパートを探していました。 Jobs My first month at Indeed went as well as can be expected.  My co-workers have all been friendly and helpful.  My boss flew out from Austin, Texas… Continue reading December 2018 – Here It Goes Again

November 2018 – I Have Done All This Plus Some, And With All of This, I’m Not Done

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This month I moved back to Tokyo, Japan. (I like to cut to the chase!) 今月、引っ越して日本の東京に戻りました。 (単刀直入に言います!) Don’t Call It a Comeback When I left Japan in 2015, I knew I wanted to return, but that I could not go back to teaching. Instead, I had to have a job that 1. Required little Japanese language… Continue reading November 2018 – I Have Done All This Plus Some, And With All of This, I’m Not Done