A little late for a White Christmas

That, right there, is Tokyo station in the midst of the Blizzard of 2013, a mild dusting of snow in any of the colder capitals of the world (I’m looking at you, Seoul, DC, Moscow and others!), but works out to be a huge ordeal in Tokyo. 7-Eleven apparently didn’t get any shipments this morning, so no rice ball for me for lunch today.

First world problems and all that. You’re probably living a pretty good life when the biggest worry of your day is that you can’t eat the same thing for lunch that you always do . . . → Read More: A little late for a White Christmas

Out with the old and in with the new! – Jason!, 2013 edition

Wow.. how long has it been since I’ve written something? Anything? In all honesty, not long at all (if you follow the twitter posts on the right or any of my ramblings on Facebook or mixi, you’d see that I ramble pointless quite often, actually… typically throughout the day). But for all intents and purposes, yes, I’ve been missing for awhile. I could check the date of my last post right now, if I wanted to, but I don’t think I really want to know.

So anyway, yeah, “been busy, etc., etc.” and all that. You’ve heard it basically every time, . . . → Read More: Out with the old and in with the new! – Jason!, 2013 edition

Everyone needs a line of hair care products…

Everyone needs their own line of beauty products…

How is it that I never knew that I had my very own line of beauty products? And why is it that I’m not getting any money from them using my name? They can’t possibly be referring to any other Jason (I’m gonna tell you right now, there’s not a single person named Jason who isn’t weird…) nor can this be anything but an homage to me.

Or at least that’s what I like to pretend. I just ran across this today in a store near where I work and had to . . . → Read More: Everyone needs a line of hair care products…

Where’d my September go?!

Wow… September came and went without a peep from me. Now how’d that happen? I’m usually such a charming and talkative fellow (as you all know).

September was, if I were to summarize it into one word, busy. If I were to summarize it into one word emphatically, it was busy. If I were to… okay, you get the point. Since I can’t think of any good segues before I continue with a more interesting topic, let me throw some photos at you!

Better than Green Rice

First off, we’ve got some blue rice (and the delicious mabo dofu. . . . → Read More: Where’d my September go?!

Summer Vacation, Ghosts, and Taxes

Spent the weekend feeling under the weather, but fortunately I’ve managed to make a full recovery after 2 days of eating soup and rolling around my apartment floor while watching travel shows about the best food across the US.

Actually, scratch that. Watching TV shows about people eating large volumes of food probably wasn’t a good idea. But hey, since when have I been known for good ideas?? I do stuff and then let the good and bad sort themselves out after the fact. Let’s not dwell on that! At least you can have some exciting stories in the end, . . . → Read More: Summer Vacation, Ghosts, and Taxes

You, me, and the Olympics

I know everyone’s excited and thrilled, and full of exciting excitement nowadays (trust me, I spend my days surrounded by sleepless people)… but I just have to get something off my chest:

I have absolutely no interest in the Olympics.

In my 26 years of being alive, I’ve watched an entire one Olympic event. Ever. That was back in 2008 (Beijing Olympics) when I went to a student’s house and it was on TV (basketball, I think). Honestly, I think that’s pretty impressive… but that’s coming from an non-Olympian such as myself, so who am I to say anything?

It’s not . . . → Read More: You, me, and the Olympics

Jason – Smarter than a Sixth Grader

I’ve got good news for you all: I am now certifiably smarter than a sixth grader. So take that, all you uppity sixth graders! Ha!

I mean, I suppose that may seem evident, considering I’m a university graduate and several times over older than such children, but what I’m actually referring to is the Japanese test I mentioned I was taking a month or so back, the Kanken. Basically, it’s a test of Japanese kanji writing and reading ability for Japanese students and adults. In case you don’t know (and I suppose a lot of people who live outside of Japan don’t and would . . . → Read More: Jason – Smarter than a Sixth Grader

From Kyoto to Tokyo!

How was Kyoto? Well, despite swearing to all that is holy that I would never return to that city so long as I breathe, I had a good time! It’s nothing personal, you see. It just takes very little for me to swear to never do something ever again.

So anyway, yep, had a good time! We only had about 9 hours, so we just went to a few temples that look kinda like this:

Tenryuji Temple

And shrines that looked like this:

Kurumazaki Shrine

And heard important explanations that I obviously wasn’t paying attention to from . . . → Read More: From Kyoto to Tokyo!

Simple update

Yep, in Kyoto. Will post later!

Trains, Planes, and… Trains

On the bullet train now, heading toward Kyoto. Why? Because I can! Well, that and I’m off to go meet an ex-student of mine. Through the wonders of Facebook and mixi (a Japanese networking site, akin to Facebook, that is populated by mostly crazy people. Considering my love for crazy people, I’ve naturally been a member for 6 years), it’s relatively easy to keep in touch with a great many people no matter where you happen to end up in the world. While I taught a wide range of students (3 years old to 82), most of the students . . . → Read More: Trains, Planes, and… Trains