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I Changed My Mind…

November 12, 2011
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I Changed My Mind…

Hi everybody, As you may or may not know, earlier this week I released the first Japan Guy product and opened the Japan Guy Store. To all of those who purchased the Ultimate Japanese How-To Guide, I appreciate you more than words can say. But I have to decided to refund everybody’s money. If you check your accounts, you should have the refund right now. Some people may be thinking “Donald are you crazy?!?” Well, yes and no. Yes it’s crazy to give the money back because, like most people, I think having extra money is always a good thing. So why am I giving people their money back? I know it seems a...

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Tsukuba, Japan…Science City or Spider City??

November 9, 2011
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Tsukuba, Japan…Science City or Spider City??

Tsukuba is a Japanese town that’s renowned for it’s dedication to all things science. This city is a town full of kind-hearted, hard-working researchers from just about every scientific field you can think of: pharmaceutical research, earthquake research, environmental research, aeronautics, medical research, chemical research… Did you know that JAXA, Japan’s program for training astronauts, has its headquarters right here in Tsukuba? I have had the pleasure of actually...

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Thanks for your patience.

November 6, 2011
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I made a short little video to tell you exactly why I asked you to come tonight (this morning for some of you). While you’re watching I’ll be putting the final touches on a few things. Thanks you so much for stopping by. Sincerely, Donald Ash Here’s the link.

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Meet Me At Midnight

November 5, 2011
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Hello everybody! I’ve decided that today is the day. If you remember some of the earlier, special updates, I was apologizing for missing posts because I was working on something. Well, I’ve finally finished and I will be posting it on Sunday, November 6th at midnight (midnight Japan time)....

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Why Does Japan Love Disney So Much?

October 27, 2011
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Why Does Japan Love Disney So Much?

Standing on the train, I couldn’t help but notice this grandmother (not shown), mother, and daughter trio nearby after an obvious Tokyo Disneyland excursion. I actually asked to take a photo because they were loaded with Donald Duck apparel. I had to snap the shot because it proves, once...

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The Introduction to Japanese Antonyms

October 26, 2011
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The Introduction to Japanese Antonyms

Is anybody out there a Nickelodeon fan? No, I mean a REAL Nickelodeon fan! I want you to rewind the clock…Snick!? Oh man, that would be an awesome place to stop because it was the first time I ever saw Doug, Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, and Are You Afraid...

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Exploding F-Bombs

October 25, 2011
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Exploding F-Bombs

I guess it’s in elementary school that students starting becoming curious about all kinds of things around them. One grade that’s been displaying a lot of that lately is the fifth grade, namely the 5th grade boys. Don’t get me wrong, they are amazingly well-behaved students, but they’re picking...

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One Thing I Really Like About Japan

October 24, 2011
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My favorite pic of the orange tree

This may seem a little silly to some of you, but you know what I really enjoy about Japan? I like the fact that people have real, honest to goodness gardens. I have to walk from the station to my school everyday, and in the neighborhood that I pass...

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The Teacher Student Connection

October 23, 2011
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The Teacher Student Connection

There is a young, autistic student that has taken quite a liking to my English classroom. From time to time, this student loves to come in and look through some of the English materials in my room. Usually, he breaks out a set of English cards and tries to...

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How to Play Janken Video

October 22, 2011
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How to Play Janken Video

Here is a follow-up video to give you a clearer idea of how to play Janken. It includes all of the variations that I’ve seen. If you know of any others, please feel free to share in the comments section below. How To Play Janken Video Donald Ash

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Why Does Japan Get Movies So Late?!?

October 21, 2011
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Why Does Japan Get Movies So Late?!?

Hey everybody, I’m SO excited today because I’m headed to the movies to check out one of the new releases from home. What movie is it…drumroll please…tatatata tatatata tatatata tatatata (that’s the sound of the drums) CAPTAIN AMERICA!! Huh? When did it come out in America? In July?!? Jesus...

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My First Elementary School Kanji Class

October 20, 2011
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My First Elementary School Kanji Class

I sat in on the last 20 minutes of 2nd grade, Japanese elementary school kanji class today and it was amazing! I feel like such an idiot for not going sooner. I honestly don’t know why I’ve avoided attending class, but I haven’t been going. Maybe I thought I...

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Donaldo Sensei Gomennasai

October 19, 2011
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Donaldo Sensei  Gomennasai

For those of you thinking about teaching in Japan, I think it’s a wonderful idea, but I often feel like I paint too rosy a picture at times. It’s an amazing job to have, but there will be days where kids will be kids. Today was one of those...

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50 Japanese School Vocabulary Words You Should Know

October 18, 2011
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50 Japanese School Vocabulary Words You Should Know

As a foreigner who is still working on his Japanese, working in a Japanese public school can present some challenges from time to time. One such challenge is getting used to new, Japanese, school-related vocabulary. Were I teaching at American public school, I wouldn’t even give issues like this...

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AHHH!! So Close Yet So Far!

October 17, 2011
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AHHH!!  So Close Yet So Far!

I am a little bummed. I didn’t say anything because I wanted to surprise you guys, but it looks like it’s not going to happen, so I’ll just tell you. Have you heard of Zigtech? Well, I auditioned for a Reebok, Zigtech commercial last week and it’s one of...

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Do I Need To Go To Nihongo Rehab?

October 16, 2011
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Do I Need To Go To Nihongo Rehab?

I am a little disappointed in myself these days. I’ve been so incredibly busy that I have once again fallen off the old Japanese study horse. For some reason, I have really been struggling to get back to my normal study routine. I remember when I first got to...

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The Japan Guy’s Funny Photo Shoot

October 15, 2011
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Can we overlook the fact that I'm wearing a dress?  No?  Okay, just thought I'd ask.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to do a formal style photo shoot, courtesy of my new friends Chris and Tomo. Tomo is a guy that just has this passion for photography and I think my friend Chris is going to end up being a supermodel...

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What is Your Birthdate in Japanese Imperial Years?

October 14, 2011
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What is Your Birthdate in Japanese Imperial Years?

In our Japan Post Bank Account article, we looked at the form you need to fill out in order to get your bank account all squared away. During this process, there was one particular field that was asking for your birthday in imperial years. I never could really remember...

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