Monthly Archives: August 2011

Harvesting Organs and Cockroaches: Tuesday 30th August

My inclination regarding the content of our Japanese textbook proved to be correct, and after today I (theoretically at least) am now able to have a conversation regarding the ethics of harvesting the organs of people in a vegetative state. … Continue reading

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Life Safety and Yet More Cheery Learning: Monday 29th August

We had a break from lessons today; instead we went on a school trip to Tokyo’s ‘Life Safety Learning Centre’. Rather than the family clinic image that the name suggests, this was in actual fact a hands-on experience of how … Continue reading

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This Sporting Life and Losing it: Sunday 28th August

I had another adventure this afternoon, set up once again by my failure to grasp what the hell was going on. I was due to meet Rie in the early afternoon to go and watch ‘something that resembles badminton’ (her … Continue reading

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Drums, Pumpkins and Plane Convenience: Saturday 27th August

My friend by Rie had invited me to a performance this afternoon, but all I knew about it was that it was somewhere in Central Tokyo and probably involved Taiko (traditional Japanese) drums. When I got to the event, it … Continue reading

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Grammatical Marriage and Scientific Proposals: Friday 26th August

There was confusion in class today, and for once it wasn’t because I had insulted anyone’s race, creed, or country of origin. Upon making the statement that, ‘If I got married I intend to cook for my wife everyday’, our … Continue reading

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A Country Boy and Cold Washing: Thursday 25th August

Today in school I continued my charm offensive by directly insulting one of my fellow classmates. We had been discussing the concept of Culture Shock, and I had asked the seemingly innocuous, ‘As a country-boy were you shocked when you … Continue reading

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Genealogical Dispositions and Bad Science: Wednesday 24th August

Sometimes it is apparent that the definition in my electronic dictionary is very different from what we are being taught in school. Whilst this is to be expected to a certain degree, given the myriad ways in which language can … Continue reading

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