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Come out, damned spot!


One aspect of bathrooms in Japan that surprised me at first was the water everywhere around the sink. I mean, everywhere. Not having a habit of waiting for people to wash their hands in public lavatories, I found it a … Continue reading

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Taking Leave: 2015 in review


Taking Leave: 2015 in Review! Continue reading

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“Taking Leave: the Book” now available!


Well, the wait is finally over. My book is ready! Published through Perceptia Press (Nagoya), Taking Leave: An American on Paternity Leave in Japan is currently available through englishbooks.jp in paperback/soft cover format (retail price: 1500 yen plus tax). The … Continue reading

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Summer Festival: Beat your own drum!


Four months ago, we gave away our long-used/abused baby barriers. Yesterday, we helped our children celebrate their nursery school’s summer festival. Time flies… Once again, my wife volunteered to be a member of the Ai-go-kai (愛護会, literally “love protection association,” … Continue reading

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The barriers go down…with the past…


The smiling bear stickers that adorned the walls of the barricade are long gone, sacrificial victims to an eager child’s exploring hands. But my kids loved these things. Continue reading

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The Joy of Reading


We were eager to have books readily available for our kids…and not just available, but in a location where the kids could choose the books they wanted, when they wanted. So we arranged for the cubbyhole built into the staircase in the living room, and we had two small bookcases put into the kids’ play room.

It was up to us to provide the materials… Continue reading

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Working Cover


Quick update on the book: In the end, I’ve decided to go the indie route to self-publication. An update to the update! (2/16) It looks like I won’t be self-publishing this one after all. A small press that normally published ESL/EFL … Continue reading

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