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I write a blog every day. Here are the most recent posts.

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January 8, 2019

Ask Hoshino Sendatsu the reason why we do Yamabushi training, and he’ll tell you we do Yamabushi training to do Yamabushi training. This answer is both insightful, and annoying. In my opinion, Yamabushi training is to get you to focus on the now. A lot of the training we undertake is hurried, or there is …

Here, now, self. Read More »


close up photo of glass of matcha drink

January 7, 2019

If you've spent much time in Japan, you will be familiar with the common questions Japanese people ask you, such as 'can you use chopsticks?', 'do you eat bread three times a day?', or my personal favourite 'aren't you cold?' when you're wearing a t-shirt inside on a winter day, seemingly ignoring the fact that …

The Matcha Effect Read More »


man in suit jacket standing beside projector screen

January 6, 2019

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our presentation. It gives me a great honour to introduce to you today the product that is about to change your lives. This product, ladies and gentlemen, has the potential to make your life 1000x better, while also being awesome!” There I was, sitting watching various groups give a sales …

My Content First Policy Read More »


white daisy flower bloom

January 5, 2019

'Try never to be the smartest person in the room' - Michael Dell. Back in 2008-2009, I went through the greatest learning curve I have ever experienced. I was an exchange student studying in Japan for six months, and in that short span I feel I learned a few years' worth of lessons. I had …

The Greatest Chance for Growth Read More »


person putting coin in a piggy bank

January 4, 2019

The best time to begin to invest was yesterday. The second best time is today. After much research and deliberation, I decided a few years ago to begin investing in index funds. If you're unaware, index funds are where you purchase the top (say 500 or so) companies of a market, on the basis that …

Stay the Course Read More »


hands of people reaching to each other

January 3, 2019

My profile for my university job states 'In the communication age, knowledge is power. Find your power.' It didn't take me too long to realise that this is actually complete rubbish. If the greatest ideas in the world were stuck in the mind of someone without the ability to communicate them, then they're completely useless. …

Knowledge that knowledge is not power is power. Read More »


close up photography of ant

January 2, 2019

Back about 10 years ago in an interview applying for a MEXT scholarship I was asked what in my opinion was the biggest difference between NZ and Japan. My answer now is the role of women in society, however that Japan is extremely conservative and NZ extremely progressive would be a close second. When I …

The one constant thing in life is change. Read More »


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