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JLPT 3- done and dusted

JAPAN | Thursday, 7 Dec 2006 | Views [2517] | Comments [8]

(New pictures in Apartment...)First of all, many thanks for the birthday wishes (and presents) from everyone- even though today marks my 27th year on the planet, I am not too sad! Thanks for the parcel from the folks at home, the CDs are great and of ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Visiting Tokyo's finest

JAPAN | Friday, 24 Nov 2006 | Views [1990] | Comments [1]

So I had the pleasure of heading down to the local police station a few weeks ago because my bike got stolen. I kind of inherited the bike from another guy who had gone back to America, so I wasn't too destroyed over it, but it was still a wrench to ... Read more >

Tags: Scams & Robberies

The Streetcar

JAPAN | Monday, 13 Nov 2006 | Views [969] | Comments [5]

New picture folder, "Autumn". My student once told me that the Tokyo streetcar is, "a modern miracle". I told him not to get so carried away, what with rail travel being a staple form of transportation worldwide for the last century ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Zero, Nada, Zip.....

JAPAN | Thursday, 26 Oct 2006 | Views [594] | Comments [1]

Is happening at the moment, stay tuned though....

Tags: Work

Typhoon season

JAPAN | Friday, 6 Oct 2006 | Views [2156] | Comments [2]

There are some new pictures in the graduation folder.... So, I thought we had the infamous "rainy season" a few months back- at that time, all it seemed to do was rain seemingly non stop for two weeks- and it wasn't a decent rain like we get ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


JAPAN | Thursday, 28 Sep 2006 | Views [667] | Comments [1]

So after 36 weeks of Japanese lessons, at four hours per day, tomorrow (Friday) will be my very last day at Japanese school. Overall, it has been a positive experience. I got to learn Japanese up to the standard of what my teachers would describe as ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Your not from around here, are you....

JAPAN | Sunday, 10 Sep 2006 | Views [769] | Comments [4]

First of all, what an amazing day to be a blue - a 3-0 defeat of Liverpool was just the ticket! It seems that the 8-odd million spent on Andrew Johnson at the beginning of the season seems a good bit of business now- how much has his valuation risen ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Arigatoo Kami Sama!

JAPAN | Wednesday, 30 Aug 2006 | Views [916] | Comments [3]

Tokyo Immigration. Or, thanks a million god! So after a mere 14 day wait, I received a post card from the Tokyo-Regional Immigration bureau, asking me to come to their office to discuss the result of my new visa application. I thought this was ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

A million and one things....

JAPAN | Tuesday, 15 Aug 2006 | Views [636]

Firstly, Congrats to Richard and Clair who will get married, I think this weekend? Again, sorry that I can't be there, but with all thats going on with Heathrow at the moment, it can't be no bad thing! Seriously, I hope you have a fantastic day ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

Moving again- It's not what you know...

JAPAN | Friday, 30 Jun 2006 | Views [972] | Comments [3]

Hi all, This is the front gate of Gokokuji temple, in the town of the same name where I live. I consider myself quite lucky to live here, in the heart of Tokyo- amoungst all the dreary skyscrapers and traffic jams, Gokokuji has carved itself a nice ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Anatomy of an Earthquake

JAPAN | Tuesday, 6 Jun 2006 | Views [23042] | Comments [2]

Japan, as a country lives with the constant problem of natural disasters, perhaps more so that other countires. Here, earthquakes, typhoons and tornadoes are a way of life, and because of this, the Tokyo government created the Disaster Centre (well, ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

Preparing for the JPLT

JAPAN | Saturday, 27 May 2006 | Views [8408] | Comments [19]

There is a new photo file So as you all know, I am enrolled at the moment at a Japanese school. I attend school for four hours a day, and the course that I am enrolled on is designed to get me to pass the JPLT test, which is the internationally recognised ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Can a lot really happen in a month...?

JAPAN | Wednesday, 10 May 2006 | Views [2818] | Comments [6]

Hi all, I'm sure you are wondering what I have been up to for this past month...well, if you take away study, work and jiu jitsu, not too much else, but I am sure I will be able to write a paragraph or two to keep you interested.....read on! The big ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Sakura & the end of term

JAPAN | Saturday, 1 Apr 2006 | Views [627]

These past two weeks have seen the start of the Sakura season, which is perhaps one of the most important seasons in Japan. Japanese people are fiercely proud of Sakura, or the blooming of the cherry blossoms. The trees stand bare for 48 or so weeks ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Working for the man: part 2

JAPAN | Friday, 24 Mar 2006 | Views [612] | Comments [2]

So, after a glut of interviews, I have been offered both of othe jobs that I wanted. Starting in April, my Japanese class will move to the afternoon, giving me free time in the mornings. Because of this, I have firstly accepted a job at a high school ... Read more >

Tags: Work


JAPAN | Tuesday, 21 Mar 2006 | Views [685] | Comments [1]

There is a Nikko album... It's nigh on a month since my last post. This is due in part to me getting busier and busier recently- now I have some private students to teach English to, jiu jitsu continues to go well, and of course in my spare time I try ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Future: response - Tests, TV towers and gardens

JAPAN | Friday, 3 Mar 2006 | Views [544]

New photos of all this Jazz in Tokyo. Check out the concept cars! Last Saturday was spent wandering Tokyo with Kyoko-san. Before I get into that however, I have gotten my test score back. Broken down into two parts, I got 65% in the writing, and ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


JAPAN | Monday, 20 Feb 2006 | Views [791] | Comments [5]

There is now a Vietnam pictures folder, as well as new pictures in the Tokyo folder. There is also a folder for Kamikura.   On Sunday I was invited by Eriko to visit Kamakura. Eriko is Japanese, and although she was born on an island near Okinawa, ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gallery: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Saturday, 18 Feb 2006 | Photo Gallery

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JAPAN | Friday, 17 Feb 2006 | Views [7306] | Comments [2]

Hirakana script table. Hello all, It's been a while since my last post! This is due in no small part to an examination that I have been working towards, which will be held tomorrow. This exam is taking place at the half-way point of the beginners ... Read more >

Tags: Work

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