Who am I?  I’m a father, English teacher, blogger and a hopeful writer who comes from Canada, but lives in Japan.

I was born in the late 1970s in a small town in Alberta, Canada.  I played hockey, yet was a shy kid who loved science and geography.  After I graduated from high school, I went to the University of Alberta for one year, then transferred to the University of Victoria to complete my degree in physics and astronomy.  After 3 years of working in Edmonton, I moved to Yokohama in Japan to start my new life as an English teacher.  I took a lot of pictures.  I lived in Kamakura after that and started blogging about Japan.  I met my wife and we moved in together in Fujisawa, where we now live.  We’re now married and have a very young daughter.

I started this blog to showcase my writing, talk about anything that’s on my mind, and write reviews of books I’m reading.  I’ll be honest and candid, but I will not talk about my private life.  I’m hoping for some great readers and commenters as this blog grows.

I run a few other blogs. Jay Dee in Japan showcases my Japan photography and discusses my experiences in Japan. Foreign Dad in Japan is all about my experience raising a daughter in Japan, though it’s now on hiatus.  Mainichi Dokodemo Photography is dedicated to my iPhone photography.  365 Rotations is a year-long experiment from February 2013 to January 2014, but I still update it with weekly weather reports.

If you’d like to contact me, you can email me at jarcher77 @ yahoo . com (just take out the spaces) or use this form.

78 thoughts on “About”

  1. I just started writing recently and could use some tips from an avid reader such as yourself. Let me know if you are interested in offering an aspiring writer with some hints and points, from a reader’s perspective as well a writer’s.

    1. I can probably offer some advice based on a reader’s perspective much better than a writer’s perspective. I haven’t finished my first book yet. But I’m happy to help if I can.

  2. I have nominated you for a Daisy Award. richarddancer.com/2012/12/04/flower-power-and-other-oddities
    Your random choice of topics appeals to me as does your Japanese blog. I would like to visit Japan one day and this gives me valuable food for thought. Richard Dancer.

    1. Thanks for the nomination! I’ll try get around to nominating some myself sometime soon. I wouldn’t say my topics are random, as most are related to writing, though some are merely related to knowledge.

  3. Jay Dee, thanks for joining all of us introverts on 61 Musings.

    Have you ever read ken Jennings’ book “Maphead”? Your blog made me think of the book.

      1. From the write up on Amazon: Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy.

    1. I think that could be arranged. I checked out yours and found some very interesting things. I like your notebook idea. I’m also interested in photography.

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    1. Thanks. I’m not sure if I will get around to it anytime soon. I’m really notoriously bad about nominating for awards. But I’m happy to have received them 🙂 In turn, I like to recommend other blogs instead. That’s something I need to do soon.

      1. No problem, there’s no obligation to do anything and we should all recommend other blogs anyway, with or without awards! It’s great you do that 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m thinking I’m going to do a big all in one award acceptance post, featuring all of the different awards, some answers to questions, and some nominations, probably. I’ll see how it goes.

  5. Thank you for the follow. I was amused by the MB test results. Did one years ago at work and was off the scale as ENTP. Now I write I’m a moderate version of my former self. I put the results in the comments on your blog.

    1. What’s interesting is that it can vary from time to time. However, when I took this test back in junior high school more than 20 years ago, I was INTJ. The results didn’t change for me, though I could identify with ISTJ, too.

  6. You went and done it. You went and followed Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. You are now one of Uncle Bardie’s Band of Merry Followers. Just so you know, Uncle Bardie’s a hoot, and he’s got quite a few whoppers in his bag of stories. Some funny, some not so funny. But all told for your entertainment. Thank you for following his blog.

  7. Apparently the spam filter has a problem with posting the exact same comment to multiple blogs.
    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. My latest post is about it.

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