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Gathering the Tools for Japanese Language Study

Last week, I finished reading “The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything…Fast” by Josh Kauffman. In this book, Kaufman details how he learned six skills (yoga, programming, touch typing in colemak, playing go, playing the ukelele, and windsurfing) to a satisfying level in about 20 hours each. I really enjoyed learning about the processes […]

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Running in Tokyo

I’ve started running in Tokyo. Yes, if you know me, you’ll know I’ve never really cared much for running, or even walking fast for that matter. I must be one of the slowest walkers in history. There may be slower walkers, but I’ve yet to meet one. My 5’2” girlfriend walks faster than I do. […]

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So I go to this yakitori place in Shibuya today. I’ve never been to this place before, but it looks promising from the outside. Once inside, I quickly realize that no one speaks English, the menu is in kanji and I’m not offered an English menu. Good. I know I’m in the right place. It’s […]

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Learning Japanese in Tokyo

I’ve wanted to learn Japanese for many years. It’s one of my bucket list goals. I love to visit Japan and being unable to have normal conversations with people in Japanese is an issue. Certainly I’ve memorized the names of my favorite yakitori and sushi dishes and I can say a few other things here […]

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Types of Food in Tokyo

Tokyo is an epic food city. But you don’t have to just take my word for it. Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world. From Michelin starred restaurants to street-food, Tokyo has something for every palate. Yet, whenever I mention to someone that I’m going to Tokyo, they inevitable say […]

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