The K Experience

Winter in Japan
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
"How many seasons does your country have?" was a question I would often be asked by the Japanese people I would meet, while I was in Japan. "Well...em...four, like every other damn country in the world!" I would answer. I would never say the last part, but I would always think it. And now I've lived in a few more countries, I have come to realise that it was extremely ignorant of me to do so. Spring, summer, autumn (Fall for you Americans out there) and winter had their very distinct climates and winter turned out to be one of my favourites...

Cooking With The Kids
Saturday, 11 October 2008


Teaching a subject that the students don't really want to learn doesn't always create the best classroom environment. Which is why it's nice to catch those same students somewhere else, just to see how they behave. On May 11th, and June 1st 2004 I decided to check out how my students (who were usually reading manga or sleeping) behaved in another class, cooking class...

Shamisen Busker - Nakayama San
Thursday, 11 September 2008

Nakayama San

Music, a big thing all around the world, but in different ways. The Shamisen was never something I thought I would see on the streets, but I guess that was only because I had never been to Japan...

The Japanese Student Stereotype
Thursday, 10 July 2008


Being an assistant language teacher in Japan, piece of cake right? Well everyone one knows that Japanese students are well behaved, studious, intelligent, obedient...all that stuff right...

Fushiki Kenkayama Festival
Wednesday, 25 June 2008


It's 1820, and two residents of Fushiki town in Toyama prefecture, Japan are getting bored and restless.They want something to do, or more accurately, they want something to destroy.
(BFR= Bored Fushiki Resident)

BFR 1: "I've got it! Listen. Two carts, bunch of lanterns on each. We'll crash them into each other"
BFR 2: "Hmmm...em....what else you got?"
BFR 1: "Ok, ok...they'll weigh like, a ton each...a couple of tons."
BFR 2: "How the hell are we gonna move them, you would need, like, 50 people or something to push them."
BFR 1: "So? We'll get the whole town to do it. Ain't no one doing anything, it's 1820."
BFR 2: "So what it's 1820, people still work!"
BFR 1:
"Well then... we'll do it at night. Oh come on you know it will be fun, we'll give them like 50 feet run ups. We'll find a couple of idiots and stick them on the front. It'll be great, trust me."
BFR 2: "Hmmm, sticking people to the front. I think you're on to something there pall."

Mr Pedal Steel Man
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Pedal Steel Guy

So, I'm on my way to meet up with a group of JET friends on a Sunday night in July 04. I come down the train station stairs to catch my train and I hear the amazing sound of Mr Pedal Steel Man...

"Hey Grandad, can you cock my gun for me?"
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Mutan Kids
Parents. Don't matter what country you're in, you'll always find crap ones. Happy fathers day... 

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