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Stop the pigeon!

When I was a kid, I used to love this cartoon. Dick Dastardly and Muttley, his long-suffering dog with the funny laugh. We used to run home from school to watch it, along with our other favourite TV shows. I … Continue reading

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Wisdom of a (different) child … (part 7)

Irie is 18 months old, and she constantly has me in stitches, which means that she is always making me laugh. She is so funny. The little dances she does, the games she plays and more recently, the things she … Continue reading

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everyday japanese products … (1)

In UK English, if you want to insult a girl or a woman, or you become angry with a female because they were rude to you, it is quite common to call them a “cow”. Often, this is preceded by … Continue reading

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sakura photo challenge

It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post, and I apologise for that! My parents came to Japan for nine days, and so, as I was off work between terms, I spent a lot of time out and about … Continue reading

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and the big news of the last seven days was …

Last Friday night, I asked my class what the big news of the week had been in Japan and one student told us the very sad story of how a baby had been abandoned in a Tokyo hotel earlier that … Continue reading

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sunday morning

I love the early hours of Sunday morning … … especially on a day so perfect as last Sunday, with nobody in the streets and the sun rising into the cold air above the trees of Otori Taishya. I looked … Continue reading

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lunch inside an old barrel

Have you ever eaten lunch inside a huge old soya sauce barrel? Unless you have been to the special place called Sanrokuen, I doubt very much that you have! Up in the tree-covered hills, 7 or 8 km to the … Continue reading

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