Japan

A Disney Song Broke My Foot

So everyone loves that song from Frozen, Let it Go.  Lemme tell ya, it’s just as hot in Japan as anywhere else.  As a result, kids all over the country are working it into their English studies.  There’s a Japanese version (whose lyrics are quite different), but the preference seems to be on the original; this gets no objection from me, as I support the original language almost all the time.  I’m not even sick of it yet, which surprises me, since I hear it every time I go to the preschool, every time I go to the junior high school, and every time a certain pair of students come to my house for their English lessons.  More

When Someone Asks for an Ambulance, Call the Ambulance (Part 3)

The third and most frustrating example of the ambulance non-call involved a coworker named Kumiko. More

Again: Call the Friggin’ Ambulance

(Continued from this post.)
This happened twice more in Japan. The first time in Japan (second overall in my life) was more life-threatening, but the second time was more frustrating. Ready to again be amazed at human stupidity?
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A Rewarding Moment for a Teacher

Background: My English students keep diaries.  They write example uses of the things we do in class, details from their daily lives, and whatever interests them.  Then I check them at the beginning of class and give them specific pointers; we learn from our mistakes and it helps keep them sharp.

More background: We also More

Some People Will Not Listen to You. Ever.

“Do you like sakura?” a man named Michio asked me.

“Yes,” I replied, “I think they’re gorgeous.”  I had no idea this conversation was going to become very interesting, and then downright perplexing. More

And then I was like “What kind of medicine is this?”

And the doctors were like “Where?  In your IV?  Not medicine, just water.”  More

Japan’s Tax Increase: Game Industry Impact?

Japan just got its first national consumption tax increase in 17 years. Last time this happened, it set off a nearly decade-long recession. This time around, the game industry has a cheap competitor to worry about: phones. Back in 1997, you were lucky if your phone did anything other than make calls; today, that might be one of its least-used features. While many view mobile games as inferior, the mass market has spoken: the mobile game audience is getting bigger and spending more money every year, while the console and gaming handheld sectors are struggling to keep up with their glory days. I wrote about all this and more at Game Revolution.  Read on: Japan’s Tax Hike Bad News for Game Industry?