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Mistio Grape

It’s been a while since I’ve done a drink review. But now I’m doing it on video!  I’m going to do some regular taste tests with drinks that can be found in Japan, and here’s the first.

This time, it’s Mistio Grape soda.  Enjoy!

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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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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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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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Book Review – Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist

Jay Dee:

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Sorry about that. I’m not giving up on this blog or Exploring Japan. It’ll continue. But right now, I’d like to share my review of Baye McNeil’s book Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist. Enjoy!

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:

himynameislocoHi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist is  part memoir, part social commentary written by fellow Japan resident Baye McNeil.  He talks about his experiences ranging from his childhood in New York, his time in the Army, and teaching English in Japan.  But throughout this book, there is one common theme: racism.

He starts the book off with something most foreigners in Japan experience, the empty seat on a train.  It’s quite obvious that the reason is that he’s a black man in the homogeneous Japanese culture.  He returns to the empty seat several times throughout the book, sometimes as an enemy, sometimes as a friend.  He talks about his experience with racism not only in Japan, but also growing up and living in pre-911 New York.  But it’s not all about racism against him, it’s more about how he and everyone else in the world has…

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The World Spa & Travel Magazine Blog

I’ve got myself a little official writing thing going on!  I am writing for the World Spa & Travel Magazine‘s travel blog, focusing on the area I live in.  It’s a weekly post that I do, and it won’t take away from my regular posting here.

So far, I’ve written two posts, one about the three most popular beaches in the Shonan area, and the other about festivals in Japan, focusing on the Kamakura Festival, Hiratsuka Tanabata, and the much smaller Warabi Festival.

So, I suggest you go and check out the blog and keep watching for my posts.

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