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- Into the benkyō-ness: Let us now praise difficult kanji 1 day ago I have an article in the Japan Times today: “Complicated characters: Let us now praise difficult kanji.” This column was inspired by two of my biggest Japanese-related realizations of all time: 1. Katakana are not inherently more difficult than hiragana. 2. … Continue reading →
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki Review Round-up 1 week ago My review of Philip Gabriel’s translation of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is online over at the: “Haruki Murakami’s new book peels back the layers of friendship.” But others have written smarter things than I have. Notably, … Continue reading →
- Japanese Adverb POWER RANKINGS 2 months ago I have a new column up on the Japan Times: “Particles create the chemistry of adjectives and adverbs.” I actually drafted a blog post along these lines (with the whole chemistry analogy) way, way, waaay back in the day (when … Continue reading →
- Cool Compound - 前世 2 months ago Hey folks, sorry I haven’t rapped at ya lately. I’m still working my way through 女のいない男たち, but it’s been slow going and has derailed my work on Hard-boiled Wonderland: I’ve only read two stories and the forward so far, and … Continue reading →
- Cool Word - やけ酒 3 months ago I have another column in the Japan Times today: “Drinking in Japan: Sober words to help you socialize.” It’s a fun column with some of the words you might encounter at a drinking party with coworkers…and an equally useful set … Continue reading →
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