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Redesign going into 2014

More Things Japanese has a new look! Over the past 5 years I’ve taken tens of thousands of photos, but I haven’t always done the best job of doing them justice on this blog. Hopefully going forward you’ll be able to find new and interesting posts more easily and in a more visual way. In addition to blog posts you can now skip straight to galleries of my best photos from the menu above. I hope you enjoy the new

Happy New Year’s 2013

2012 was an amazing year for me.  It was my first full year on Kumejima, my first novel was published by Tuttle Publishing, and I had many amazing experiences thorough it all.  New Year’s is one of the most important times in Japan.  If you’d like to learn more, checkout my various blog posts on New Year’s. Since New Year’s is such a big deal here, and because I appreciate the support of every reader, I’ve decided to release The

Monday June 25

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to visit More Things Japanese and learn a little bit more about Japan.  I hope I’ve been able to share a few new bits of culture, and answer some of the questions you have.  Judging by the search traffic I get here, I think I’ve been successful. Unfortunately due to computer issues there wasn’t  a normal Monday post this week, though I’ll be back tomorrow with a great post on the Kumejima Dragon


For your entertainment, here’s a bit of me singing 島の人よ by 池田卓 (thats Shima no Hito yo by Suguru Ikeda), for the Kumejima Sakura Festival Karaoke competition.  I ended up getting fourth.  The prizes included a shampoo set (made from the deep-sea water from Kume), Mozuku, and a bottle of awamori. Karaoke is a popular cultural activity in Japan.  Often groups will rent rooms, etc.  with friends and sing, eat and drink together.  It’s a convenient way to let loose, and interact