â€œYou get out what you put inâ€ is my #1 bit of advice; #2 is to think strategically about where you want to be in the future, and then to volunteer for and/or create opportunities that can help you to get there.
Yes. That is the first thought that comes to mind when I think of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The second thought? F**K yes.
This is a great game for upper elementary school students (and possibly younger JHS students, depending on the size and personality of the class), and requires very little prep. The goal is to get the kids to hear subtle sound differences that donâ€™t exist in Japanese…
I am dating an amazing Japanese woman, and therefore it was only natural that we would eventually watch ãƒ€ãƒ¼ãƒªãƒ³ã¯å¤–å›½äºº (My Darling is a Foreigner) together. In fact, before the movie even came out on DVD, she started reading the manga it was based on and had me doing the same…
I started off a recent class with a series of celebrity photographs and asked the students to identify what they had in common. The celebrities included Ellen Degeneres, Portia de Rossi, Angelina Jolie, and Ricky Martin, so perhaps you already know the answer…
Festivities in Kobeâ€™s Chinatown during the first weekend of February celebrated Shunsetsu, and the start of the year of the Rabbit. Beginning February 3rd with the new moon (to end January 22nd, 2012), Rabbit years are said to be for catching oneâ€™s breath after the dynamism of the Tiger. This yearâ€™s Rabbit is associated with the element metal, so the fluffy bunny may have a bit of a sharp edge (perhaps dulled a little by the fact that itâ€™s yin metal, not yang this year)! Nankin-machi was thronged with visitors all weekend long, and on display were performances of dance, acrobatics, tai chi, as well as the famous lion and dragon dances.
There is an old proverb that â€œfences make good neighbors.â€ A fence plus a large body of water in between would seem to make even better neighbors, but in Japanâ€™s experience this has not been the case. An archipelago nation consisting of literally thousands of islands, Japan is embroiled in three island ownership disputes with its neighbors: Korea, China/Taiwan, and Russia. The contested islands may be small in size â€“ and in some cases devoid of human life â€“ but control over the islands brings political and economic payoffs that are huge.
Kobe has a lot of nice restaurants, especially in Kitanozaka. Between the cityâ€™s huge international population and the local branch of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, the slopes of Mt. Rokko are practically layered with good eats. Expensive, but good. From that perspective, then, Vieni still stands out from the pack. Located across from Sone, a Kitanozaka Jazz club with an unearned reputation, Vieni is sitting on some prime real estate, so you know the place has to measure up.