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

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January 15, 2019

On cold winter days, I would walk around with my hands in my pockets to keep them warm. Over time, I came to realise that I was the only person doing this, I hardly ever see a Japanese person with their hands in their pockets. So I did the natural thing and asked about it. …

An Aura of Busyness and… Pockets? Read More »


person standing in pathway

January 14, 2019

When offered the chance to go one way or the other, look out for the snow. Recently, I tried crossing the road about 10m away from the nearest crossing and I had already gone too far to return when I realised that there was a pile of snow in my way. Too proud to admit …

When shortcuts are anything but Read More »


black and white book business close up

January 13, 2019

Learning vocabulary in a second language is by far the most time-consuming part. In my case I have been learning Japanese for more than 17 years and every day I come across a new vocabulary, or one that I failed to learn properly. Even once you've mastered the pronunciation (which should be the first thing …

One great trick for learning vocabulary Read More »


woman draw a light bulb in white board

January 12, 2019

It's not the knowledge that counts, it's the application of that knowledge. Take language learning for example. Mere knowledge of even the most intricate of grammar patterns, or even the most useful words, is not enough. Whether you have that knowledge or not is inconsequential until you put it to use. Knowledge isn't power. Acting …

Use it. Read More »


selective focus photography of traffic light

January 11, 2019

We pass straight through green lights thinking nothing of it. Even though the probability is probably the same, we tend to think we are unlucky when we hit a red. What other things make us feel unlucky? What other things are we taking for granted?


person holding a green plant

January 10, 2019

The difference between a professional and an amateur is stark. Professionals get the job done with care, amateurs just care about getting the job done. It takes care to become a professional, to put in the hard yards, and to work through the noise. If you want to be a professional, care. Everything else is …

It’s the care that matters Read More »


pathway between traditional houses

January 9, 2019

Way back in 2009 I had applied for the 2010 JET Programme, where the Japanese government takes in applications from mostly English-speaking nations and sends participants, named JETs, all throughout Japan. This is how I originally came to Yamagata. Even though I had extensive experience learning Japanese and even living in Japan, coupled with my …

Getting accepted onto the JET Programme Read More »


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