Japan’s New Nintendo 3DS

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The “New Nintendo 3DS” was released in Japan on October 11, 2014. Three new buttons have been added: a direction stick on the right side and two new triggers. Additionally, the 3D has been improved with a wider viewing angle, … Continue reading

JR East Pokemon Stamp Rally 2014

30 Pokemon Stamps and Goal Postcard
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Japan can be awesomely eccentric in its hobbies. One of my favorites is stamp collecting — by which I mean rubber stamp impressions, as opposed to the kind you put on letters. The hobby is believed to have originated in … Continue reading

The Internet Is “Real Life”

Gamer using "voice over IP"
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I’m sick to death of hearing about “real life” as opposed to interactions taking place online. Take this article for instance, about why Japanese culture is so ubiquitous on the Web. A major premise of the article is that “people … Continue reading

Show Your Face

my selfie without makeup
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Female body shaming is a big issue in our culture. Volumes have been written about the impossible standards women feel we should live up to. Recently, Scout Willis and Lina Esco inspired women in New York City to go topless … Continue reading

お茶ノ水 休み Ochanomizu Holiday

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今日は、友だちと お茶ノ水で 合った。CLC Booksに 行った、そして 日本語と 英語で バイブルを 買った。また、「Tokyo Holy Resurrection Cathederal」で「The Orthodox Church of Japan」で ロシア正教会(せいきょうかい)を 見た。きれい あった。三百円 費用(ひよう) あった、でも 安かった。また、一緒に パン屋で おいしい菓子(かし)を 食べた。クリスチャンの 友だちで 過ごす よかった。今日は 素晴(すば)らしい! Today, I met my friends in Ochanomizu. We went to CLC … Continue reading

Tokyo Game Show 2013

Tokyo Game Show panorama
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The Tokyo Game Show is an annual gaming convention held every September. Video game publishers show off their upcoming products and newest releases, console manufacturers trot out their new hardware (flanked by beautiful, scantily clad women, of course), and cosplayers … Continue reading

Studio Ghibli Museum

Main entrance sign
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As always, click the images below to see them enlarged. Visiting the Studio Ghibli museum was like visiting another world, just as surreal and magical as the anime for which the company is known. You begin with a 15 minute … Continue reading

Delays Irk American

Delays Irk American (slanted)
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If ever I’ve been irked, it’s now. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that I’m more irked now than I’ve ever been in my life. “Irked” doesn’t cover the half of it. You see, my husband has been … Continue reading

Christmas Cookies 2012

Christmas Cookies 2012 Stacked
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It’s that time of year again: Christmas cookie time! Unfortunately, my sugar cookies always come out more like sugar crackers. Fortunately, I found a delicious recipe for Brownie Roll Out Cookies which make a fantastic alternative. My friend Hannah helped with … Continue reading