Category Archives: culture

The Link Between IQ and Conciousness

I have an hypothesis that I think makes rational sense but which I believe may be highly controversial to many. But maybe all good hypotheses should be controversial. My hypothesis goes something like this: There is a correlation between IQ and … Continue reading

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School Ground Cleaning

Today was Sunday, Mothers day, and also the day for going to my son’s elementary school at 7:00 a.m. to participate in the periodic grounds keeping event. You see, here in Japan the schools have no “janitors” or things of … Continue reading

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Another busy week

The weeks are flying by. I can’t believe its been more than a week since I posted! But a lot has been happening around here: 1. Spring Festival at my inlaw’s neighborhood. They have a much bigger shrine and a … Continue reading

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Can you eat it?

Every Japanese person I have known for any length of time has delighted in a game I call, “Feed Unusual Things to the Foreigner,” and my in-laws are no exception to this rule. Since I first started coming here I … Continue reading

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Ki wo tsukau, Ki ga kiku…

A couple of definitions for those that don’t speak Japanese: 気を使う (ki-wo-tsukau): to pay attention to another’s needs, to attend to, to fuss about, to take into consideration 気が利く(ki-ga-kiku): to be thoughtful, to be tactful, to be sensitive (esp. to … Continue reading

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