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Three Full Days in Japan Now

I just wanted to give you an update on things. We’ve been in Japan for three full days now, and our main objective has been completed (this sounds like a video game). We have six more full days here, including today.

Our first couple days were mostly just shopping, staying at the house, and visiting family. Our third day was our reason for coming, and that was yesterday. It was a very solemn moment, but gave me some big insights into Japanese and Buddhist culture. It was very interesting to be involved, but I was also a bit nervous about it, because I didn’t want to do anything wrong. I’ve recorded video for all of the days we’ve been here so far, though one video covers two days. I’ll try edit and upload as soon as I can, though my time with my computer is limited.

The next few days involve going to a few different places, mainly Tokyo and Yokohama. We’ll be visiting friends and former coworkers. We’ll also be spending tomorrow night in Yokohama and a couple nights later in the Tsukiji area of Tokyo, which is famous for its fish market, and of course, sushi.

I’ll update you when I can, upload videos when I can. Things should be back to normal next weekend.

Giving Myself Permission to Be Lazy

I’ve completely fallen off my regular video-posting schedule. This week is the second week in a row that I’m not uploading my regular Friday and Saturday videos. You see, I’m taking a little holiday.

After two weeks of working longer hours while still maintaining a five to six video per week schedule, I decided I’m a bit tired and I deserve a bit of time to just relax and enjoy myself. As a result, I’m posting fewer videos, and I won’t even be recording another video until this Sunday. I have two more videos to post this week, but one was recorded two days ago, and the other was recorded in 2015!

I was planning on doing a couple of channel trailers this week, but decided to put them off until next week. I want to do one of them outside, but it’s been incredibly cold and windy this week. I need warmer weather, which is actually going to happen next week. I’m trying to be a bit creative with these trailers, so I hope you enjoy them.

So, what have I been doing during my little “vacation” from videos? Playing NHL 17, doing homework with my daughter, and playing games with my daughter. There’s going to be some cleaning and organising going on the rest of this week, as well.

I’m expecting next week to be back to normal.

Only Thirty-One Days to Go

Just a month to go until we go to Canada. But before that, we went on a little vacation. I made a video talking all about that. You can watch it here:

I didn’t mention in the video that I also recorded a lot of videos for A Taste of Japan. There should be four videos to come, though probably not until after we’ve moved to Canada. I have a lot more other videos to do before I get to them.

Hard to believe it’s only a month until Canada. I definitely need to get a job at a travel agency so we can travel to Japan often.

Japan Overload for the Next Two Weeks

Get ready for a lot of posts about Japan over the next couple of weeks.  My sister arrives here tomorrow, and we’ll be visiting a lot of places around Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, and Fujisawa.

Usually, I’d take a lot of photos, but I think I’m going to focus on video this time. I find that when I take video, I’m better able to make something worth looking at, while the photos tend to get lost on my hard drive. I will take some photos, though.

I may be taking around two or three videos every day, but with limited time, I don’t think I’ll be posting all of them every night. They take time to edit. They’ll be done over the days following my sister’s visit here, and I think it may take as long as a month. But that’s good, because you’ll have a steady supply of new videos for quite some time.

So, who’s interested in the upcoming videos? In case you missed them, here are the three videos I’ve already taken.

Enjoy the videos, and I hope you’ll keep coming back to see the new ones posted as I make them.

Any comments or questions? Please leave them in the comments below.

Life in Japan: A Return to Japan

Last week, we went to a festival and my daughter had the opportunity to meet Ultraman, who is a famous hero on TV.  We had no time, unfortunately, and ever since, she’s been asking when we can return to see Ultraman. That I have no answer to. But I do have an answer to my next question, which was asked by S. R. Carrillo.

Would you ever return? Or plan to – with your daughter?

Posing in front of Ultraman…but he’s so far away!

A return to live or a return to visit? Well, the answer to the first is that we don’t have plans to return to live with our daughter, but I’d be open to it after she’s grown up, most likely. Even so, there’s still a possibility we could return sometime to live in Japan. It’s just too difficult to say for now.

As for visiting, absolutely. We’d love to visit every year if possible. We have plans to visit a different part of Japan each time we come, and if we can spend a month or so during summer, that would be great.  Of course, it depends on work. If we had the money, we’d try having a house in Canada and a condo in Japan, possibly around Fujisawa or Yokohama. But that’s a dream, and we have no idea if it would be possible.

If you have any questions about living in Japan, please see the original post and leave your questions in the comments.

Vacations and Resorts in Fantasy

This is where I am now.






The pictures above are at Tsujido Seaside Park in Fujisawa, the city I live in in Japan. Lots of Palm trees, bright sun, hot weather, and a bicycle park.

In speculative fiction, especially science fiction, there are resorts and vacation spots. A lot of sci-fi has them. But what about fantasy? I’m trying hard to think of any fantasy that includes places like that.

Can you think of any?

The Value of a Teacher

In my opinion, teachers should be paid more. They work longer hours than most people. They’re responsible for the education of children who will grow up to contribute to society. They need to be prepared. Teachers aren’t appreciated enough. They used to be valued by everyone. Now, they’re underappreciated.

When my daughter goes to school, I will thank the teachers and give them respect. They deserve it.

All In A Dad's Work

Our school year has 10 extra day built into it to accommodate for snow days. Teachers are paid by salary so they make the same amount whether those snow days are used or not. As of this writing, we have used 8 of those 10 allotted days and school boards are scrambling trying to decide if those missed days need to be made up. If they decide yes, then they need to figure out how.

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A Breather to Write a Post

I’ve been enjoying my holiday with my sister for the past few days, and we’ve been very busy.  We’ve seen many places I’ve been to before, but also a couple new ones.  But not all is well.

I accidentally tripped while going up the stairs in Shinjuku Station while carrying my daughter (don’t worry, she’s okay) and landed hard on my left knee.  It is bruised deeply, and it sure does hurt a lot.  Today was a bit of a short day.  We only visited one place, then decided to come back home.  So, we have a bit of a downtime tonight to relax.  I have a new computer, and it’s going to take some time to get used to Windows 8.  Visually, in desktop mode, it’s much like Windows 7, but I have to get used to the fact that many features are accessed through apps.

There are only 2 more days left in my sister’s visit, so we need to make the most of it.  I’ll return to regular posting later this week.