Experiences like this make you wonder why you are doing them. Why does the Japanese government want a whole mess of foreigners sprinkled throughout the country, having misunderstanding after misunderstanding, many awkward moments, cultural blunders, chance encounters, experiences of a lifetime...? Is English that important that they want to spend hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars … Continue reading why we learn (& teach) languages
How many times have you been asked, "What do you want to be?" How many people have you asked that have actually known? Maybe you found a (lucky?) few who have had it all figured out from the time they could make the jump from, "I want apple!" to "I want to be a doctor!" … Continue reading what do you like to do?
Through a friend of a teacher I work with, last night I found myself in a three hour lecture and conversation group on green tea and Japanese manners. Without fully understanding what I was getting into, I was keen to attend when I first heard about it. It turned out to be much more than … Continue reading aisatsu addendum
After writing the post about Katazuke and the Konmari method, I did a little bit more research. This naturally lead me down a deep rabbit hole of Konmari-ing everything I could until way past my bedtime, and then waking up at 5:30am and continuing the process. Cleaning is rewarding in itself. It is a task that when finished, you can immediately enjoy the results of. In the Power of Habit, I recall one section where Febreeze is used as a case study. After the development of Febreeze, market … Continue reading What does your space suggest?
へんじ - henji - 返事 - reply or answer 返る／巣（カエル／返す）- to return (something), to go back 事 - a thing Mr. Tanoue, a truly unique and incredible teacher that I work with, has an incredible system of classroom management. His students have formed groups – notice I didn’t say he made the groups. They … Continue reading the magic of responding properly
Katazuke 片付け (かたずけ) 片- one-sided, leaf, sheet 付ー adhere, attach, refer to, append The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which inspired the title of the magic of greeting of course) became an instant sensation and has sold over – copies worldwide. There are innumerable pins on Pinterest and countless articles on blogs and in newspapers, not to mention … Continue reading katazuke and konmari
あいさつ - aisatsu - 挨拶 greeting, well-wishing, salutation, recognize 挨 - push open, greeting 拶 - be imminent, a message “...greetings make others feel happy, since it shows that you acknowledge them.” (Japan Today) In the four minutes we had between classes in middle school, I don't recall ever really greeting anyone in any kind of conscious … Continue reading the magic of greeting