Monthly Archives: February 2012

Baby Anpanman

My 5-year old daughter does a lot of silly things, but lately she’s obsessed with being a mommy. All the dolls and teddy bears have become her children, she names them, and makes up stories about them, them fusses over … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Confucianism in Edo-Period Japan

I spent part of last year reading a fascinating collection of essays under the title of Confucianism and Tokugawa Culture by Peter Nosco and other contributors. The book and the essays examine the Edo Period, the Tokugawa Shogunate, and how … Continue reading

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Spring Has Come

I always enjoy this time of year. The weather finally starts to warm up and there’s much to look forward to. Recently I saw on NHK news (via cable TV) that plum blossoms, or ume (梅), have started blooming in … Continue reading

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2011 JLPT N2: 合格できた!

I am happy to report that I have passed the JLPT N2 exam. No one is more surprised than me. My score was as follows: Vocab: 45 / 60 Reading: 47 / 60 Listening: 38 / 60 Total: 130 / 180 I was surprised my … Continue reading

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Playing Around With The Title

Hi guys, Just a quick word. I mentioned a while back I wanted to update the title of the blog to match the content. I’ve been revisiting the subject lately, and am experimenting with different ideas. If you see the … Continue reading

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Timeboxing for Fun and For Profit

As I mentioned in my last post, I am great a devising projects, and terrible at follow through. This includes blogging, language studies (Japanese and Korean), Buddhist practice (e.g. nembutsu, meditation, etc), among many other things. The problem is always … Continue reading

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Coffee and Tea: My Adventures and Woes

This post is dedicated to reader “Kendall” who inquired about this recently. Coffee has been my life for years. I am sure I have spent thousands of dollars in the last 10 years drinking nice coffee from the many excellent … Continue reading

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You Reap What You Sow

I wasn’t planning on posting this at first, but I really liked this one KPop video by a lesser-known artist by Red Roc. It’s dark and intense, features the awesome T.O.P. from Big Bang, and has a surprise ending: If … Continue reading

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Nirvana Day 2012

In order to liberate the living, As a skillful means I appear to enter nirvana. Yet truly I am not extinct. I am always here teaching the Dharma. I am always here. But due to my diving powers Perverse living … Continue reading

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Is Buddhism a Religion, Philosophy, Superstition, Psychology, etc?

Recently, just before my last trip to Japan, I re-read an old, obscure, but excellent novel by Roger Zelazny named Jack of Shadows, which explores an Earth whose rotation has stopped, and Earth is divided into a “light” side and … Continue reading

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