I know, it’s ironic that my first post for 2009 is about 2003-2004, but…. I was looking at some old website designs and was reminded that I had created a static HTML website for blogging while I was in Japan. This was called Steve’s Japan Journal and it is not available anywhere online, right now.… Continue reading My Life in Japan
A long time has passed since I uploaded anything to the journals… and a few things have happened that I should at least mention in brief: I exercise my materialistic muscle a little more… I got a sword! No, not a real sword (the blade is not sharp) but it’ll look just fine on the… Continue reading I had the pasta bar and chawanmushi for lunch….
I’ve already said the office here is quiet. Well… today, I was stuck on a problem at work and getting very sleepy. I had the cheap plastic stylus that came with my zaurus in my hand, and I guess I let it fall. Woops. *plick plick* At contact with hard floor, my frightened stylus managed… Continue reading Office Trouble: What’s that foreigner doing making all that noise?!
Just got back from the company bathroom, and thought it was about time I wrote about a typical bathroom experience. The bathrooms in Japan – definitely a mixed bag. On one end, you have the company bathrooms, very nice. If the lights are off (to conserve energy – this is Sanyo, after all!) they turn… Continue reading Bathrooms in Japan
Yes. It’s true. I’m a lucky son-of-a-bitch. Sanyo was kind enough to send me to Tokyo on business. That means they paid for my to/from travel expenses – shinkansen-style! Steve? He got sent to Tokyo on “business?” What the fuck? Yah, I know. =) I should clarify something, though: it’s only technically “business.” I got… Continue reading Ceatec, Korakuen – On the Hikari Shinkansen from Tokyo
I finally did it: Stayed out all night in Nagoya going to (foreigner specific) bars/pubs! After meeting up with everyone in Sakae (a cool area of downtown Nagoya), we went to an Australian bar called, Red Rock. It was so packed! And packed with foreigners, too! I had to stand half of the time while… Continue reading the effects of staying awake all night….
I actually studied, last night! Man, it’s been a while…. And in my typical fassion, I did not study what I was suppose to. I convinced myself that I should study the more basic stuff before I reached what we’re currently working on. I just barely grazed what we’re currently working on, but I think… Continue reading Papa’s got a brand new (shopping) bag!
I went swimming! There is a poool not too far (20 minutes by bike) from my dormitory. This pool is way out in the country-side, though. It was obvious I was the only foreigner to walk through those doors in a long time, if ever, because as soon as the receptionist saw me, she panicked… Continue reading Hashima Pool
A coworker was nice enough to invite us to a Japanese-style BBQ with her, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s friend. We had to be ready by 11am. I was a COMPLETE idiot and actually ate a healthy breakfast of choco flakes and banana slices, earlier that morning – I had no idea what was ahead… Continue reading Japanese Bar-B-Q
Class is every Tuesday and Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Gifu city. I don’t see any way around this: we were all unprepared. This class is HARD and is gonna demand some major attention! Which means.. less time for whatever else it is I do. Damn. But, if I can endure this horrible new… Continue reading First day of Japanese class in Gifu city