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Confessions and Rejections - How to Japanese - September 2022

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Winning and Losing

Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its Uncertain Wall, A Short Piece on the Elephant that Crushes Heineken Cans Year…

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The Mythology of 1981

Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its Uncertain Wall, A Short Piece on the Elephant that Crushes Heineken Cans Year…

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Murakami in the Asahi Shimbun – 日記から – 1982

Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its Uncertain Wall, A Short Piece on the Elephant that Crushes Heineken Cans Year…

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Kindness

Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its Uncertain Wall, A Short Piece on the Elephant that Crushes Heineken Cans Year…

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Baseball on TV

Welcome to Murakami Fest 2022! This is my first Murakami Fest in Japan since 2009, which is pretty wild. I kept this ridiculous project going for 12 years…

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How to Osaka

To be honest, I don’t know how yet. I’m still figuring it out. I got here three weeks ago and had 10 days before work to learn the…

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The Language of Job Hunting - How to Japanese - August 2022

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Meeting Prime Minister Abe

This has felt like a very uneven month to me. I was in the U.S. from July 2-29, so a bit less than a clean month. I was…

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Confirmation of Death - How to Japanese - July 2022

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Get a job! - How to Japanese - June 2022

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How to Seinfeld

I’m in The Japan Times with a look at how “Seinfeld” is being translated into Japanese: “These senbei are making me thirsty? How ‘Seinfeld’ sounds in Japanese.” “Seinfeld”…

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How to 菓子パン

I just sent out the May newsletter. I wrote about my love of 菓子パン (kashipan). The croissant above I don’t think technically counts as 菓子パン? My theory is…

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Kashipan, kashipan as far as the eye can see - How to Japanese - May 2022

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How to bring Japanese closer to you - How to Japanese - April 2022

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Radiko – Japanese Online Radio

We live in a world where the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants can grow up in California, get inspired by mariachi music, go on to an incredibly successful…

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The Waseda International House of Literature (The Haruki Murakami Library)

I’m in Japan! And have my hands full with crazy amounts of studying. But I had a minute last Sunday to check out the new Haruki Murakami Library…

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A trip to the new Haruki Murakami Library - How to Japanese - March 2022

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How to Cheese Imomochi

February newsletter went up yesterday with some good reading recs and even MORE television recs. For the blog I need something quick, so a preview of what I’m…

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All the news you need (and probably some you don't) - How to Japanese - February 2022

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Best Practices for Watching Japanese TV

I may have developed a dangerous habit over the winter break. I learned about TVer in late November and didn’t really do anything with it until New Year’s…

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Resetting - How to Japanese - January 2022

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Cool Compound – 悠々自適

Hard to believe that 2020 is finally coming to an end…or is it? I’ve had a couple of tweets do pretty well the past week, and I’m going…

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Cool Compound – 悠々自適

Hard to believe that 2020 is finally coming to an end…or is it? I’ve had a couple of tweets do pretty well the past week, and I’m going…

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Confusion-less - How to Japanese - December 2021

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Mourning a tremendous loss to the 食堂 community - How to Japanese - November 2021

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August 2021 JT Blog Bonus Coverage

I am extremely ご無沙汰 with my Japan Times update. I had two articles published at the end of August. The first — “Make Japanese politics more concrete by…

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August 2021 JT Blog Bonus Coverage

I am extremely ご無沙汰 with my Japan Times update. I had two articles published at the end of August. The first — “Make Japanese politics more concrete by…

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Reading about Japanese grammar in Japanese - How to Japanese - October 2021

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Podcast Appearance – Translation Chat on Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

I was on Translation Chat, Jenn O’Donnell’s new podcast about translations! Check out the podcast here. This was so much fun. We talked about Alfred Birnbaum and Elmer…

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Podcast Appearance – Translation Chat on Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

I was on Translation Chat, Jenn O’Donnell’s new podcast about translations! Check out the podcast here. This was so much fun. We talked about Alfred Birnbaum and Elmer…

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Unbelievable

The final week of Murakami Fest 2021! Here are the previous posts: Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its…

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Unbelievable

The final week of Murakami Fest 2021! Here are the previous posts: Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its…

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On the Road to Meta

Week 4 of Murakami Fest Year 14. Previous posts: Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its Uncertain Wall, A Short…

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On the Road to Meta

Week 4 of Murakami Fest Year 14. Previous posts: Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its Uncertain Wall, A Short…

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Pobrecito - How to Japanese - September 2021

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Surge of Death

Week 3 of Murakami Fest Year 14. Previous posts: Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its Uncertain Wall, A Short…

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Surge of Death

Week 3 of Murakami Fest Year 14. Previous posts: Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town and Its Uncertain Wall, A Short…

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How to Japanese Podcast – S02E20 – Instinctual Nattō and Introversion

On the final episode this season, I talk about the importance of celebrating your little victories as you study a language. And in Japanese, I think about how…

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How to Japanese Podcast – S02E20 – Instinctual Nattō and Introversion

On the final episode this season, I talk about the importance of celebrating your little victories as you study a language. And in Japanese, I think about how…

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Villa Tre Colli and Norwegian Wood

Murakami Fest Year 14 continues. Here are the previous posts in this annual celebration: Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town…

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Villa Tre Colli and Norwegian Wood

Murakami Fest Year 14 continues. Here are the previous posts in this annual celebration: Year 1: Boobs, The Wind, Baseball, Lederhosen, Eels, Monkeys, and Doves Year 2: Hotel Lobby Oysters, Condoms, Spinning Around and Around, 街・町, The Town…

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How to Japanese Podcast – S02E19 – Jens Petersen – Japanese in Sweden, Music and Art, Job Fairs

Jens Petersen has been working in real estate in Tokyo for over 13 years. He initially found interest in Japanese independent music. In recent years his interest has…

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How to Japanese Podcast – S02E19 – Jens Petersen – Japanese in Sweden, Music and Art, Job Fairs

Jens Petersen has been working in real estate in Tokyo for over 13 years. He initially found interest in Japanese independent music. In recent years his interest has…

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Prostitutes and Novelists

Welcome to Murakami Fest 2021! This year I’ll be looking at five more chapters from 遠い太鼓 (Tōi taiko, Distant Drums), Murakami’s travel memoir from Europe. Another fascinating set…

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Prostitutes and Novelists

Welcome to Murakami Fest 2021! This year I’ll be looking at five more chapters from 遠い太鼓 (Tōi taiko, Distant Drums), Murakami’s travel memoir from Europe. Another fascinating set…

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How to Japanese Podcast – S02E18 – 都道府県 and 貪る

There is an official order to the 都道府県 (todōfuken, prefectures) in Japan. I share some thoughts about it and in Japanese discuss the importance of learning how to…

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How to Japanese Podcast – S02E17 – Molly Des Jardin – Japanese the Spoken Language, Meiji Era Writing, 全集

Molly Des Jardin is a language and computer nerd who came to study Japanese, and later book and media history of modern Japan. She quickly got sucked into…

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Language Lessons - How to Japanese - August 2021

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How to Japanese Podcast – 号外 – Pre-JET Japanese Triage

Extra extra, read- er, hear all about it! Special edition of the How to Japanese Podcast! This is an audio version of a presentation I gave to departing…

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