Monthly Archives: February 2011

Practicing Listening to Japanese, part 4: just get used to it, already!

In my never-ending quest to prepare for the JLPT and to improve conversational and listening skills over all, I like to explore new methods and ways. I write this once again after a humiliating experience with my wife earlier today, … Continue reading

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Diversity in Shinto

A common phrase you might hear in Japanese Shinto is the phrase yaoyorozu no kami (八百万の神), which means the Eight Million kami. The Kami are the divine beings of Shinto and come in a great variety. Of course there are … Continue reading

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2010 JLPT N3: 合格!

I am happy to report that I passed the JLPT N3 for 2010! I was pretty surprised, because the test was difficult and I was pretty sure I failed. But I managed to pass with the following score: Vocabulary/Grammar: 52/60 … Continue reading

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Chinese Pinyin in HTML Ascii

A long time ago, I wrote a page about how to correctly display Sanskrit, Pali and Buddhist terms with diacritics in HTML. Compared to older methods, using HTML and extended ASCII codes is a much better, more portable method once … Continue reading

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Raising Children Buddhist, part 2

This is a recent photo I took during a Buddhist Sunday service we had at the local Jodo Shinshu temple in Seattle. At one point in the service, we recite the Juseige which is an excerpt of the Immeasurable Life … Continue reading

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Malcolm X: a memorial

“…And we will know him then for what he was and is – a Prince – our own black shining Prince! – who didn’t hesitate to die, because he loved us so.” –Ossie Davis, eulogy for Malcolm X Today marks … Continue reading

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Mommy’s Bento Art 3

By popular demand, I am happy to post some more pictures of my wife’s bento art. This comes after this post proved to be surprisingly popular, and was then followed by another one recently: This is a similar bento to … Continue reading

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Why Memorizing Kanji Doesn’t Always Work

Kanji characters are an essential part of Japanese language. You have to know them well, and a lot of them, to achieve a state of literacy in Japanese, and they provide a window into Japanese and Asian culture in general. … Continue reading

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Nirvana Day: The Buddha’s Final Words

From the Parinibbana Sutta (DN 16) of the Pali Canon: And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: “Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!” This was the last word of … Continue reading

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How to cook rice, a brief guide

My neighbor has a daughter, 16 years old, who loves Japan, Japanese culture and so on. She reminds me of myself when I was sixteen,1 since she loves Japan but has little practical experience with the culture yet.2 My neighbor … Continue reading

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