J-Drama Sundays: Osen – Guest Post

Food usually equals an instant win, but food and solid Japanese culture can overcome almost any story and visual flaws that may ever exist in a drama. Fortunately those flaws didn’t exist in this, to a major extent. Plot There are a lot of conveniences...

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Yokohama Street Magician

Street performers are everywhere in Japan – everything from stunt cyclists and clowns to musicians covering everything from reggae to hip hop. While in Japan last September there was a national holiday, I think it was “Respect-for-the-Aged Day”. My Jamaica friend living in Japan had...

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KanjiQuiz – Lightweight SRS for Android Phones

SRS is the accepted abbreviation for “spaced repetition system” a useful system for learners of languages like Japanese. There are many different kinds of SRS for Japanese learners, the most popular seems to be Anki and one of my past favourites was iKnow. There SRS I mostly use these...

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Jamaipanese.com is 6 years old today

Believe or not Jamaipanese.com turns 6 today! My blog blog just keeps getting more awesome as I enjoy writing and sharing posts related to my interests and life. It is unfortunate that so many blogs are kicking the bucket as some bloggers become inactive, but...

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Gundam Theme Park coming to Tokyo – Gundam Front

Gundam fans in Japan and worldwide really do love their giant robots. Multiple showings of the Life-sized Gundam and a permanent Gundam cafe in Akihabara is not enough so the next logical step is to have a mini theme park! No, that is not a...

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Japan Snippet – Nagoya Castle at Night

I’ve read about and seen many dreamy photographs on the many Japanese castles all over the country but in the end I only managed to see one castle while in Japan – Nagoya Castle. It was at night, I didn’t even go on the grounds...

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A Two Hour Trek Through Meiji Shrine

Tokyo is a massive city with skyscrapers that touch the sky and a frantic buzz that goes on 24 hours a day all day everyday. Meiji Shrine is a huge temple, complex, forest and Shinto shrine in the heart of Tokyo that offers an escape...

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Now Playing: Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Christmas gift to myself was Star Wars: The Old Republic the new massively multiplayer online role-playing game built by Bioware but set in the well known and loved Star Wars universe. I’ve never been much of a MMORPG player but being the inquisitive gamer...

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J-Drama Sundays: Hammer Session – Guest Post

I really like fun J-Dramas where the characters do fun and crazy stuff, especially when it is out of the norm. Hammer Session is one of those because it definitely goes outside the bounds of what I call a traditional J-Drama. Plot Imagine a guy...

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Japanese Culture and Calendar Exhibition 2012

It was that time of year again when the Japanese Embassy in Jamaica had their Calendar exhibition and although I was there in 2009, 2010 and 2011 I still enjoyed it again this year. It felt even more special as many of the friends I have...

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