Category Archives: Musings on Japan

“Syrius” Soap

I bought this bar of soap in small town Japan but realized after that it was made in Syria! and it’s called “Allepo Soap. I imagine it’s been on the shelf a while here. I wonder how the factory that … Continue reading

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“Where are you from”

After almost 20 years in Japan, I have come to absolutely abhor that question. “Where are you from?” will ultimately be followed bu useless chitchat about stereotypes, how great my Japanese is (it’s okay but certainly not worth praising) someone’s … Continue reading

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Entrance Ceremony

DD1 jsut started school this week. I’m about to embark on a close encounter with the Japanese school system. There was an entrance ceremony so now everyone around here is asking me about the “entrance ceremony” in Canada and how … Continue reading

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The Taxman

In reference to my last post there are things I love and hate about my adopted country, Japan. I filed my taxes today. This should be a stressful, arduous task and I was introduced to it at a tender age … Continue reading

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Canada vs Japan

When people discover how long I’ve lived in Japan, they inevitably ask me the same question “Which do you like?”. I’m sorry but I find this a stupid and sometimes offensive question. If I meet a mother with 2 children … Continue reading

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Do your best

The newspaper relay   It was the kids "Sports Day" today. I have never been to a sports day for kids over 6 but I HAVE been very impressed with the sports days I've seen for kids 6 and under. … Continue reading

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Splish Splash…

I originally wrote this on my webpage in 2002 but since it has a more general theme I thought I could post it again  here today   My aunt asked me about these neat bathsalts she has called "Ofuro".  Well … Continue reading

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Turning Japanese II

  I ‘m beginning to think that I chould just change the name of this blog to “turning Japanese”… So here it is, I’ve rung in 2008 and have several glorious days off. I should be out gallybanting around seeing … Continue reading

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I just don’t get it…

 One thing I have always found absurd in this country is that they always complain of being cold in winter. Of course it's cold! Of course I do my fair share of complaining too especially in the early days when … Continue reading

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Melli Kurisumasu

I originally wrote this for Christmas 2001 and had it up on my old web page but with the season upon us I decided to repost (especially since my entires were MUCH better back then anyway)   So the other … Continue reading

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