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July 9, 2022

I screwed up pretty badly over my drone. I had heard they were going to change the laws in Japan so that you had to register your drone, which I was OK with, but I didn’t realise that unregistered drones under 250g would in fact become illegal until it was too late. So, I now …

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boys playing soccer during day

July 8, 2022

Don’t celebrate your success prematurely, basically.


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July 7, 2022

I have an aversion to aspects of Japanese culture that just aren’t a thing in NZ. This is something I have to get over, as it’s part of living here and I always find myself procrastinating on these aspects and having to deal with them at an inopportune time.


student with documents and laptop happy about getting into university

July 6, 2022

The Buddha says life is suffering. Uketamo is a powerful way of dealing with suffering. Although hard, I have found this to be the case in my own life. I have found that the sooner I am able to accept things for what they are, the sooner I am able to get over them, and …

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crop unrecognizable female designer drawing on paper in office

July 5, 2022

If you want a real Japanese test, do what I did over the weekend; a three-day mountain first aid course entirely in Japanese.


July 4, 2022

I was thinking about how I had never articulated this before, but the low lying mountains in Japan and the high mountains historically have had very different meanings, well from what I have noticed at least. ​


July 3, 2022

It’s easy to feel a bit down if right before you start your hike, it starts to rain.


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