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

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

Let’s Read Jason!’s (junk) Mail – Friday

Yep, it’s so far away from last Friday that–if I chose to wait another day or so–I could still technically be right on ‘Friday’ and just a week late. Sorry about that; working abroad (and in Japan) puts certain requirements on you. If asked whether you like working early mornings or late nights and your answer isn’t an enthusiastic “BOTH!!!“, you may not want to work in Japan. Yep yep.

I went to volunteer as an English teacher on Saturday, which was fun, and then had to renew my driver’s license on Sunday, which was not fun. But all the same, I’m glad to have a valid license for another 3 years!  Otherwise, I’ve just been busy with work and narrowing down schools to go to for translator certification. So many choices.. I have some appointments for counseling sessions later this week. Wish me luck!

But now, let’s finish this up, shall we?

Let’s Read Jason!’s (junk) Mail

Friday Edition

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Let’s Read Jason!’s (junk) Mail – Wednesday/Thursday

Yes, even I have a hard time rambling about the junk that ends up in my mailbox. Forgive me; yesterday was not a good day for junk (I was also busy, but let’s not dwell on that). Today was a long day at the office (wound up starting early and didn’t get away from my desk all day; I was fortunate enough to have some corn soup in a can for lunch while continuing to type away), but that’s not to say it’s a bad day. Just busy.

In other news, I don’t know if I mentioned it or not, but I’ve started looking into learning Chinese this year. I’ve tracked down some schools to get licensed as a translator (those courses will start–like all schools in Asia–in April) and found two different Japanese tests to take this year, but I’ve always wanted to learn know 3 languages. As weird and pointless as it may be, I’ve always felt it was a personal goal of mine to be trilingual (polyglot, for those of you who care about the technical word for it). I don’t plan to stop with Japanese–as I mentioned, I have 1-2 tests lined up this year and will be taking a translator training course in Japanese–but I would try something new while I still have loads of free time. Besides, if I learn Chinese in Japanese, I’ll either kill two birds with one stone, or myself in the process.

This weekend? Going to volunteer to teach English in Tokyo (there’s an English conversation group that meets twice a month) and renew my driver’s license. Fun all around!

Right now? Well…

Let’s Read Jason!’s (junk) Mail

Wednesday + Thursday Edition

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Let’s Read Jason!’s (junk) Mail – Tuesday

Blah, tired. Not so much of a ‘sleepy’ kind of tired, either. It’s more of the ‘Focus and concentration is completely shot, so I stare off into space’ variety. Working in a law firm seems to be like that: Long periods of time waiting for something to happen mixed with bursts filled with ridiculous amounts of work. You’ve got 3 hours worth of projects to do, and 1 hour to do them all because the court will be closing for business. Needless to say, your 1 hour deadline will be filled with phone calls and e-mails from people wanting updates. This definitely differs from teaching English in Japan in that there your job is mostly to listen and engage in conversation. The best way I can express to people the need for attention to detail in this job is by pointing out one random fact: Did you know that there are italicized commas and periods, and that they look different? I didn’t, and now I’m charged with finding them.

Fortunately, I rather like my job and working in general. It is, however, not for the faint of heart (or who don’t care for lots of stress). On the positive side, the coffee is delicious.

Now, I bet you thought that I forgot to document all my pointless junk mail. Of course not! Here we move into…

Let’s Read Jason!’s (junk) Mail

Tuesday Edition

What did the advertisers leave for me today?

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Let’s Read Jason!’s (junk) Mail – Monday

I may not be teaching English in Japan anymore and spend my days at a desk, but my life still ends up being rather eventful. As I said earlier, I get a lot of junk mail. I’m sure it’s all a part of city (and apartment) life, but I still find the sheer breadth and quantity of the advertisements fascinating, so I decided to do you all the favor (?) and document all the inane junk I get over the week so we can all share in the joy of the random stuff that ends up in my mail box. So, without further ado…

Let’s Read Jason!’s (junk) Mail

Monday Edition

And trust me, we’re starting off strong.

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Out in the wilderness

 

I know I’ve mentioned in the past that I lived in Hokkaido for a brief period back in 2005 (when I was 19) for the summer, and I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that it was a “small town” and “in the middle of nowhere”. Anyone who’s known me long enough probably also knows that I usually describe that place in far more colorful terms, but let’s not dwell.

I finally got around to looking through Google Maps and I found the place where I lived and worked in the summer of 2005! This is Tsurui-mura in Akan . . . → Read More: Out in the wilderness