January 2020 – Drawing Exchange

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So little happened this month that I cosidered just skipping this month’s post. But I managed to scrounge up one interesting photo of myself and ex-student Kazumi, so that will have to be enough   for you. 今月の更新をスキップする事を考えたほどに何もあまりしませんでした。でも私と昔の生徒の面白い写真を何とか手に入れました。 これで十分はずです。 New Year and Jet Lag I spent the last few days of my vacation hanging out with… Continue reading January 2020 – Drawing Exchange

December 2019 – Christmas 2019

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Christmas and New Years The last year of the month was very quiet for me. I spent about 10 days hanging out with my Mom in my hometown. I watched a bunch of movies, ate way too many cookies, and had a nice Christmas celebration at my ister’s house. 今年の最後の月はとても静かでした 。 故郷で母と十日間のんびりしました。 映画をたくさん見てクッキーを食べ過ぎて妹の家でクリスマスのパーティーをしました。 The weather… Continue reading December 2019 – Christmas 2019

November 2018 – Getting Old in Osaka

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The month marking my 50th year on the planet was one of my busiest and featured my first visit to Osaka. 五十歳の誕生日の月はとても忙しくて、大阪への初めての旅行もありました。 Farewell New Friend “Your Warehouse” in Kawasaki is, or should I say “was,” an amazing video game arcade. Spanning four floors of a large building, the first two floors were themed after a… Continue reading November 2018 – Getting Old in Osaka

October 2019 – Hallowinds

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An unpleasant cold made the first half of October pretty dull. But then there was a huge typhoon followed by Halloween to liven things up. 嫌な寒さ で10月の前半は面白くなかったです。 でも巨大な台風とハロウィーンが活気づかせました。 Typhoon Hagibis Due to a cold, I had been staying close to my apartment for the first two weeks of the month. But then along came Typhoon Hagibis. Generally… Continue reading October 2019 – Hallowinds

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