One of the biggest questions anyone has before they first go to Japan is, “What about Internet access?!” In the Smart Phone Era, being connected spells the difference between navigating between izakaya like a native and wandering the streets of Tokyo aimlessly until someone takes pity on you. In the past, I’ve used a combination of mobile wi-fi… Continue reading Japanese Cell Companies Aim for Single-Registration National Wi-Fi System for Foreign Visitors
I just came back from Savannah, GA after helping my daughter get set up as a college student. She already has an Associates degree under her belt, and is now aiming for a degree in Performing Arts (woot!). While attending Orientation, she said, “I really want to drop my 8am class for the same class… Continue reading Three Great Things About Becoming an Adult
As an anime and comic geek dating back to age 10, I’ve never been a fan of separating “low-brow” and “high-brow” pursuits. A work doesn’t have to be dry to be informative – and just because it’s entertaining doesn’t mean that it’s worthless. This attitude seems to be gaining traction in Japan, where more kids are fine-tuning their… Continue reading Japanese Young and Old Turning to Manga for Their History Lessons After “Biri-gyaru” Success Story
It’s not nice to make fun of people who are trying to learn your language. It’s even less nice when those people belong to one of your most trusted allies. And it’s double-plus-un-nice when you make up a story to make your most trusted allies look stupid. A lot of media attention is showered on the… Continue reading Fuji TV Makes Up Story to Ridicule Taiwan, Internet Erupts in Furor
One of my favorite Japanese bloggers on language and living an international lifestyle is Madame Riri. As a Japanese speaker married to a Japanese woman, I find that a lot of her content resonates with the joys and challenges of my own marriage. (She also has an accessible writing style that’s easy for students of Japanese… Continue reading Is International Marriage Expensive?
Back when I first started Japanese, I started hearing about “All Japanese All The Time” (or AJATT as it’s known among the Japanese language learning geek set). It was the philosophy of an Internet recluse who maintained that, in order to become truly advanced in Japanese in a short period of time, you should toss… Continue reading The Language Balance: Expand Your Horizons, Don’t Shrink Them