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May.17.2013
Let's start with a quiz. What do you think the following term could mean? 頭を刈る (あたまをかる)     head + to cut a. to cut off someone's headb. to cut the head off a fishc. to cut one's haird. to excel; be a cut above the rest; stand heads and tails above others  I'll give you a...
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May.10.2013
Last week I  fell woefully behind. I can attribute it to various things, such as my husband's birthday (and the birthday shopping beforehand), plus extra visits to the park to go running after two caloric birthday celebrations. But the truth is that I can't entirely understand where the time...
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May.03.2013
People constantly have weather on their minds. When I scroll down my Facebook news feed, I see that topic more than perhaps any other. As far as I can tell, that's what my dogs spend much of their day thinking about, too: "It's cold. Where's the sun? Ah, there it is! Hurray! Life is good! Oh, no....
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Apr.26.2013
Welcome back! Hope you've been doing well. I had a lovely vacation, and I feel fully energized and ready to take on JOK all over again. I'm revitalized partly because my husband and I spent three days celebrating our anniversary, taking our dogs hither and thither so that they could romp on the...
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Apr.11.2013
A Japanese man asked me for the best English translation of 納棺師 (のうかんし), which some dictionaries define as "encoffiner." That answer is far from satisfying, and it certainly isn't clear to most of us. The term 納棺師 refers to someone who prepares a corpse for cremation, as depicted in the film 「...
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Apr.05.2013
Lately I've had to confront the same fear again and again. With essay 1280 on 魂 (soul, spirit) and then essay 1651 on 塔 (tower; pagoda; monument), I've needed to write quite a bit about Buddhism. What a complicated religion! Even Japanese people seem confused by some of the...
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Mar.29.2013
I recently mentioned that a Japanese man had supplied me with chicken-related information. He has since sent me a two-page essay that he wrote in Japanese and self-published for fun. In a moment, I'll share part of the essay with you, particularly the segment that changed me for the...
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Mar.22.2013
I've had nothing but health problems over the past five weeks. First, an itchy rash on the legs—a bad reaction to food, I'm told. Then the flu and a cold, which left behind a raspy cough as a souvenir that I'm still enjoying. Eyestrain caused headaches and, strangely enough, created a blue line...
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Mar.15.2013
I've struck up a correspondence with a Japanese man who likes colorful expressions as much as I do. He happened to tell me that his wife often lobs the following criticism at him: 三歩歩いたら忘れるんだ!You forget everything in three steps! 三歩 (さんぽ: 3 steps); 歩く (あるく: to walk);忘れる (わすれる: to forget) I love...
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Mar.08.2013
Last week at the farmers' market, I asked for six eggs. The woman stared at me as if nothing were sinking in, but because she remained silent, I couldn't really clarify. She then disappeared into the vendor's van for awhile, and the next thing I knew, a man told me I owed $30. I said, "Thirty?! It...