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The Slow Month! The Jay Dee Show 39

September is done, and I’m finally doing another video digest. August was VEDA, so I was doing a video every day. But in September, I did fewer videos on my main channel than an entire week in August! Let’s just say that I had a bit of a video-making overload in August, and September was my month to recover. But I was able to make a video for my science channel, too! I did a total of 6 videos on my main channel and 1 on my science channel.

On my main channel, I made mostly Authors Answer videos, but also a couple Star Trek Discovery videos!

First up is Authors Answer #44, all about money! Check it out.

And then came another Authors Answer. But this one is about using real life events to influence writing fiction.

Continuing on with some Japan videos, I visited Meigetsuin, a temple known for its hydrangea. Beautiful place!

And then another Authors Answer, one talking about this blog!

And finally, the two Star Trek Discovery episode reviews. Here’s episode 1:

And episode 2:

Moving on to my science channel, there was a big news story coming from Saturn. Cassini is no more! It’s now burned up in the atmosphere of Saturn. I talked about what happened and looked at some of Cassini’s discoveries.

Coming in the next couple days, I’ll be opening up a new channel! This new channel is all about English. As you may know, I was an English teacher in Japan. I’ve got the itch to teach English again, and I thought, why not make quick lessons on YouTube? So, stay tuned for that!

What did you think of the videos for September? Let me know which ones you liked the most.

A New Year in Japan – A Temple Visit with Luck?

We went to another temple, this time Monjuji in Saitama City. I’ve been there before about three times. This time, things were a bit different.

The main gate of the temple.


The main hall of the temple.


We went next door, to an attached building, where most of my wife’s family went up for a New Year’s service. My sister-in-law’s husband and I stayed downstairs to watch my daughter and his daughter. The cousins played while we waited. After that was over, it was time for something a bit different.

My daughter got to drink some amazake, a sweet drink available at New Year’s.


We waited in line to go up to the temple, ring the bells, toss in a coin, and pray or make a wish for the year.


And then, I got an Omikuji. This is a fortune. I was trying my luck.


It turns out my fortune said suikichi. That means future luck. So, I should have luck later on this year. It said I shouldn’t rush into things and take my time. When looking for a new job, I should be patient, and one will come. Health will be better, and to stay the course in my studies.


I wish I had luck after that because when we returned to my wife’s grandparents’, we had lunch. It was a good lunch, and we ate a lot. However, my daughter had diarrhea. We had no change of clothes and ran out of wet wipes. We returned to my wife’s parents’ house and did laundry. I am now waiting for it to dry in a coin laundry.

Well, that’s it for now. We’ll see what’s in store for later.

A New Year in Japan – Hatsumode

Hatsumode is a tradition on New Year’s in Japan. It’s the first visit to a temple or shrine in the new year. We went to Wakoin, a temple in Saitama city to visit a grave.

Here’s the main gate of the temple.


And the main hall of the temple.


I didn’t take a picture of the cemetery, since that would be considered rude. This is probably the biggest tradition on New Year’s Day. Some people do it at midnight. Temples and shrines are typically quite busy after midnight, and some have thousands or hundreds if thousands if visitors in the first three or four days of the year. Wakoin wasn’t very busy.

One more update for today.

A Video Tour of a Japanese Buddhist Temple

My YouTube video series, A Taste of Japan, continues! My first two videos were about festivals. Well, now we look at a place. This is more of an introductory look at what a Buddhist temple in Japan is like, rather than a look at this particular temple. It’s not a famous temple, which is good. I needed a typical temple to show you what you can find in any neighbourhood in Japan. So, enjoy the video.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below. I’ll also be making a Shinto shrine video when I can, hopefully before my sister is here. And then, many, many videos!

And if you haven’t done so, please subscribe to my YouTube channel! I must sound like an audio file on repeat (a modern version of a broken record).

Life in Japan: Beautiful Japan

Japan is often known for its big cities, pop culture, and history. But did you know Japan has a lot of beautiful scenery? This week’s question comes from tlclark.

What is the most beautiful area you were able to visit in Japan?

I may have mentioned in the past that I didn’t actually do a whole lot of traveling around Japan. However, I have been able to visit plenty of beautiful places in the Tokyo area. But the most beautiful area? That’s a difficult question. There are a few candidates.

You could say Mt. Fuji is beautiful. Yes, from a distance it is. However, when you’re on Mt. Fuji, it’s mostly red rock, and some garbage thanks to inconsiderate climbers.

You could say the Shonan beach area is beautiful. Well, it can be, but it’s incredibly crowded in summer, and it’s not exactly the cleanest place, either.

But you know, I’d have to say that the most beautiful area I’ve been is a city I lived in for four years, Kamakura. It has a lot of old architecture, mainly shrines and temples. And when I say old, I mean they are around 800-900 years old. There’s a temple with an amazing bamboo forest. There’s a huge shrine with beautiful ponds and architecture. But my favourite is Hasedera. It has a wonderful view of Kamakura, a beautiful garden, and some amazing buildings. This temple is nearly 1300 years old, and has a giant wooden Kannon statue, which is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan. It’s more than 9 metres tall, and is also nearly 1300 years old. You can see many photos here. But here are some of my own.

The main hall of Hasedera.
The main hall of Hasedera.
Zen rock garden at Hasedera.
Zen rock garden at Hasedera.

The view from Hasedera of Kamakura, Miura Peninsula and Sagami Bay.
The view from Hasedera of Kamakura, Miura Peninsula and Sagami Bay.

Have a question about life in Japan? Go here and ask in the comments.