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Trip: A year in Gunma-ken

There are [129] stories from my trip: A year in Gunma-ken

mystery bills

JAPAN | Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 | Views [374]

I wasn't sure I'd post again this week, but it's a slow morning. I just received a blue envelope with what appear to be 4 separate bills worth around $500. I have no idea what these are or what they might be for. Have to get some help reading them.... Read more >

various things

JAPAN | Monday, 15 Jun 2009 | Views [344]

I got an odd email from someone claiming to be from lulu.com. That's the online company I used to print the book I made for Max. The email said something about my book being selected for inclusion on Amazon.com. I assumed it was spam and sent it to Lulu ... Read more >

vehicle trouble

JAPAN | Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | Views [404]

When I'm tired I do stupid things. Lately I've been pretty tired, so it shouldn't have surprised me that last weekend I left the foglights on my car and flattened the battery. I called another ALT and she very kindly came out and let me jump start the ... Read more >

August 26?

JAPAN | Tuesday, 2 Jun 2009 | Views [256] | Comments [1]

I got a form today asking for my proposed return date. We get up to one month to stay in Japan, after 30 days they won't pay our airfare home. So I'm saying August 26, that is almost exactly one month after my contract expires. I think it's 2 days ... Read more >

Star Trek

JAPAN | Monday, 1 Jun 2009 | Views [388]

I finally saw Star trek on Friday night with a few other people. We went with a Japanese teacher called Tomoko, her American boyfriend John, Marcus and a British teacher called Angela. Angela has been here for years and is going to marry a Japanese ... Read more >


JAPAN | Thursday, 28 May 2009 | Views [262]

I have had trouble sleeping lately, might be because it's warmer and the sun is coming up earlier. Whatever the reason I've been getting really tired, so Tuesday night I took one of the sleeping tablets I bought almost a year ago for when I'm taking ... Read more >


JAPAN | Tuesday, 26 May 2009 | Views [345]

Just a very quick update, the screening dates for MIAF have been announced. 'Flip' will be screening on Saturday the 27th of June at 4PM. It will be part of the Australian Panorama screening in cinema 2 at ACMI, Federation Square. Unfortunately ... Read more >


JAPAN | Thursday, 21 May 2009 | Views [207] | Comments [1]

Just got confirmation yesterday from the London International Animation Festival that Flip has been selected. I kind of knew this was on the cards as the Melbourne festival and the London festival are run by the same people and I had been given an unofficial ... Read more >

Gallery: Giant Bees

JAPAN | Monday, 11 May 2009 | Photo Gallery

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JAPAN | Monday, 11 May 2009 | Views [365] | Comments [2]

There are some pictures of the flowers around the school near my house in the gallery. You will also see that there’s a giant bee in one of them, it’s hard to see how big so I have included a photo of one of the flowers next to a 50 cent coin for reference.... Read more >

Golden Week

JAPAN | Thursday, 7 May 2009 | Views [260] | Comments [1]

I'm back at work after the 5 days holiday (including weekend). Lots of ALTs are still away overseas, but it's only a couple of days at work and then the weekend again. Then I just have to manage for a little over a month till June 20th and I'm off to ... Read more >

Gallery: Golden Week

JAPAN | Thursday, 7 May 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Twice in one day - that's never as good as it sounds

JAPAN | Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Views [383]

After a dream run I finally got festival rejections yesterday. 2 at once in fact, from Edinburgh and Toronto. I'm not too disappointed since they are both general film festivals and not animation festivals, as a result there's always a lot more competition.... Read more >

May is holiday season

JAPAN | Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | Views [465]

Tomorrow is a public holiday, there's an Astroboy exhibition at a museum in Tokyo that I might go to. Tonight there's another enkai for the PTA, I never look forward to these things, and I suspect this will be less enjoyable than usual since I don't ... Read more >

Gallery: Terminataaa

JAPAN | Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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I was so wrong

JAPAN | Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | Views [215] | Comments [1]

It must have been the jelly. I was up at 5am on the toilet feeling awful. But there's just jelly crystals, tinned fruit and boiled water in it. I guess the water wasn't boiled for 20 minutes so it may have been contaminated. The change in seasons has ... Read more >

Home Stretch

JAPAN | Thursday, 23 Apr 2009 | Views [387]

April is winding down and soon it will be May. The first week of May is known as Golden Week because there are 3 consecutive public holidays, mon-wed. I've booked a hotel in Tokyo for Monday and Tuesday night, I just couldn't face staying home. Lots ... Read more >

May weekend

JAPAN | Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | Views [379]

I think there's something in my house making me sick, I had another bad night last night, but seem to be better today. It's time to throw out anything I ate yesterday that might possibly be contaminated. I think I'll stop using tap water as well, it ... Read more >

Gallery: Riding 3

JAPAN | Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Going to California

JAPAN | Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | Views [239]

I confirmed tickets and hotels etc. today. I'll be flying out on June 20th and coming back on June 28th, but because of the time difference I'll actually lose a day on the way back and will arrive on the evening of the 29th :( I'll miss the closing ... Read more >

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