Category: Japan

The Microsoft Excel Artist – Tatsuo Horiuchi

When Tatsuo Horiuchi retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on paints and brushes, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft Excel. Now, the 77-year-old artist is creating remarkably intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese...

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I watched the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie in Japan

Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi) is one of my favourite manga series at the true-to-story Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood might just be my favourite anime series. I live in Japan now and all my previous movie outings have been to see western movies; however the FMA...

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Japan Scene 4: Attacked by Rice Worshipers

It was supposed to be a normal lunch session at my junior high school. I’m not someone who eats a lot of food at once; I eat small portions often. Needless to say the speed eating coupled with large portions of food served for lunch...

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Japan Scene 3: A multi-ethnic moment

The Jamaican national motto is ‘Out of Many One People‘, based on the population’s multiracial roots. Although there are exceptions the reality is that there is very little mixing of these “races”, most stay in their own little enclaves and the majority of us are...

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Life without a Computer

Ok, I know, my phone is technically a computer, so is my PlayStation 4 but the “computer” I am been living without in a sense for the past few months is a personal computer. No more PC gaming, no more uploading videos to my youtube...

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Japan Scene 2: Futsal x English Master

It was supposed to be a regular Thursday night futsal session. I’ve never been much of a football/soccer player outside of my inter-school league in high school but I willingly got connected to the futsal club on my island. Futsal now served two purposes for...

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Japan Scene 1: New Teacher x Ferry Rendezvous

Oki Islands View

Rural communities the world over have a distinct charm; the people are usually friendlier, more close-knit and very curious. These attributes certainly apply to the rural island community I reside in now in Japan. My short time here has already been punctuated by astute exchanges...

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Post-launch Log

One week in and what a transition! A month ago I was sitting at my desk as a government drone toiling away at increasingly less challenging tasks, today I am waking up to the sounds of rural island life in Japan. I really bonded with...

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Pre-launch Log

I’m sitting here in the darkness tired; the last few weeks have been a blur and almost nothing has happened or felt like I imagined it would. I’ve quit my job, packed my life into 2 suitcases, wrapped up or streamlined my financial affairs, spent...

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