R&B/Seoul

I just went on a 4-day trip to Seoul, South Korea, and oh my god was it the bomb.   Seoul is a very lively city, brimming with hot sticks of food, BBQ coals, cigarette smoke, and a lot of trash on the street. The subway system is super easy to navigate...

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The Only Foreigner for 30km

Positives of Living in the Japanese Countryside 田舎   Born and raised only about 30 minutes from downtown Dallas, Texas, it’s an extreme lifestyle change living in the inaka (Japanese countryside). Even though it's more inconvenient than I’m used to, there are many wonders about the countryside that I have come to...

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In Media Res: Teaching English in Japan

There were many things I didn’t quite grasp before I came to Japan. Upon accepting my work contract, I made an agreement with myself to seek out culture, language, experience, and most of all, an adventure to swell my understanding of the world. I wanted to know more. My own...

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I’m Irritated (Part 1: The Bad)

(All illustrations made by me) I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from DOS. DOS ~ Device Overload Syndrome (.n, acronym): an involuntary feeling of irritation when overwhelmed with multiple devices, their charges, wires, and internet connections, as well as the absence of synchronization between them.   Screens. Wires. Plugs. Charging. Sync. Apps. Loading....

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Discovering Shodō 書道 – Part I

Over the past few months in Japan, I’ve taken a keen interest in Japanese calligraphy (shodō). I was first introduced by being invited to a calligraphy class here at my high school. I have always known about Japanese calligraphy - but I didn't really understand it until doing some much...

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Get your Nihongo on

Learning Japanese can be tough. Thankfully, I'm around it all the time now, day and night, at the post office, in my car, at the store, at work...

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