Tokyo Podcast and Hard P’s

One thing that motivated me on this whole podcast creation trial back in the day, besides the fact that I really love the podcast method of storytelling, is the fact that it seems like there’s a surprising vacuum in the Japan podcast scene. If you look up the most listened-to English-language podcasts in Japan, most of them are foreign podcasts (like NPR, BBC) or specific … Continue reading Tokyo Podcast and Hard P’s

Candy Button Conveyor Belt

Well I’m back in my favorite $5 coffee cafe again today. Ah the coffee tastes a little burnt today…that’s a shame. I thought I would get here sometime mid-afternoon while it was still sunny through the cafe’s wide windows and might even be warm enough to sit outside for a bit, and I’d settle in for several hours. But through a series of lazy decisions earlier … Continue reading Candy Button Conveyor Belt

The Japanese Cellophane Problem

I’m starting to feel a bit more optimistic about my freelancing just in the past few days. The elusive research article editing company sent me a big assignment last week and then immediately another even longer one after I handed that one in. And the LoveInnJapan people have been giving me consistent assignments every week. Incidentally, something odd is happening in the cafe I’m in … Continue reading The Japanese Cellophane Problem

Pilgrimage to the Sea and Mountains – Part 2

Tonight is my second night staying at the big Japanese house in Kii-Tanabe. Last night I was the only guest, but tonight there’s 2 other families staying here with me–all Japanese–for a total of 6 other guests (4 adults, 2 kids). One of the kids is actually screaming in the next room at the moment. The walls are surprisingly thick, though, so even though I … Continue reading Pilgrimage to the Sea and Mountains – Part 2

Pilgrimage to the Sea and Mountains – Day 1

I think this might have been my longest hiatus from this site now. I really fell off of my once a week posting plan. For the past few months I’ve been slowly transitioning from my job teaching English at a public high school in Tokyo to being a full-time freelancer. So for maybe a month and a half that basically meant working almost 2 jobs … Continue reading Pilgrimage to the Sea and Mountains – Day 1