Month: May 2012

  • Our Japanese home: a pictorial

    Now that we are settled into our new apartment near the Sasazuka train station in Setagaya-ku, it is time to provide a visual description of where we live. It is a far cry from the 12th story abode in Philadelphia, but it isn’t too different from your traditional American apartment. Of course, there are some […]

  • The day in Nara that turned into two

    The day in Nara that turned into two

    A narrative about my wayward travels to Nara one week after moving to Japan.

  • Okaeri

    Welcome home indeed. It was three days before I learned that I live in Setagaya. Setagaya is the largest of the 23 wards of Tokyo, similar to the bureaus of New York City. This ward is mostly residential, as we are surrounded by apartment complexes and small houses. The neighbors gather one Sunday a month […]

  • Status update

    Where to begin. We landed in Japan five days ago, I think. Dates and time still escape me. When we left Philly it was Wednesday. When we arrived in Tokyo, it was Thursday. Today is Tuesday (kayoubi). The move was as uneventful as an international emigration can be. My advice: hire movers to do it […]

  • Turning Japanese

    For about 8 years now I have been attempting to learn Japanese to various levels of success. First, I tried repetition/memorization CDs from Pimsler. They would say the phrase, like Nihongo-ga sukoshi hanashimasu (I speak a little Japanese). And I would repeat it. Over and over. This was a good start, but the lessons were […]