Typhoon Neoguri is Coming!

This is a big typhoon.  It’s the biggest typhoon to hit Okinawa in 15 years, and it’s headed straight for mainland Japan, and should be in the Tokyo area by Friday.  Check out my video about the typhoon.

In case you’re wondering what Neoguri is, it’s actually the Korean word for raccoon dog, or tanuki as they are known in Japan.  It’s a kind of wild dog that looks like a mix between a raccoon and a dog.

I’ll have a couple more videos coming later this week, most likely.

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Densha Otaku Spotted

Here’s a quick video I took on Monday of a densha otaku, or a train fanatic.  I usually don’t get the opportunity to find one in such an empty train station, but I did this time.  After capturing him briefly on video, I then did my impression of a densha otaku.

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Japanese Seasons

This is a bit of a summary of what I’ve already talked about in the past on here, but now it’s in video form! Take a look at what I think of Japan’s seasons and the attitude that Japan’s uniqueness is partly because it has four distinct seasons.

Sorry about the sound in he beginning.  It seems that the mic doesn’t work very well when I direct the screen away from me.

One thing that I find annoying to myself is that I speak far too slowly.  I have to thank more than 9 years of teaching English in Japan for that.  When I speak with other native English speakers, I’m quite normal, but for some reason, I slow down for the video.  I need to fix that.

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Jay Dee in Japan is 5 Years Old

It was 5 years ago today that I made my first post on this blog, way back in 2009.  I can’t believe it’s been that long.  Now, there are more than 500 posts and more than 73,000 views.  I’m hoping for another 5 years on this blog, even if I’m no longer living in Japan.  I still have tons of photos to post.

Here is my original blog post.

Thanks for reading everyone!

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Vlogging in Japan

It’s been a while.  No, I haven’t forgotten this blog.  Just been incredibly busy with my writing and book blog.  However, I have started something new.  Vlogging.  I’m making videos on YouTube, and many of them will be about Japan.  So, please enjoy these videos and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Here is my announcement video:

And here I take a quick look at rice fields with a surprise from my daughter.

And finally, I made a short video about Guarana Soda.  Have you ever tried it?  Actually, have you ever seen it?

Let me know what you think.

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3/11

It’s the third anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami of 2011.  Hard to believe it’s been that long.  I remember that day very well as if it were less than a year ago.  I’m going to go back in time and show you my posts after this event.

On the day of the earthquake, I posted this short post, letting people know I was fine.  The next day, I posted this quick update. On March 13th, I posted this long account of my day. If you read any of these posts, that’s the one to read.  At the time, I was still doing my first Picture of the Week series, and I posted a picture of the supermarket shelves.  On March 16th, there was an earthquake at Mt. Fuji.

After the earthquake, there was a lot of media attention, much of it about the nuclear meltdown in progress in Fukushima.  The situation continues there, and it hasn’t improved.  It turned out that both the government and the officials at the nuclear plant covered up the truth about what was really happening.  I’m quite disappointed in how the government handled things.  It’ll be a very long time until anyone can go into the affected area again.

I’d also like to draw your attention to a post I made on my writing blog, I Read Encyclopedias for Fun.  It’s all about what an earthquake feels like.

Comments are always welcome!

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sorry I haven’t been posting much in the latter half of the year.  I’ve been very busy with another blog of mine, and will be getting back to doing Exploring Japan, as well as working on Japan by Train.  Look for more great stuff in 2014!

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