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How to Japanese
Daniel Morales is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, although his blog began while living and working in Japan from 2005 to 2010
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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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  • How to Fly First Class For Free Writing Contest October 2012 It helps if you live abroad for a while. Pick somewhere you’re interested in. Sure, Japan is a great choice. You love Japan – like really love Japan. It’s one of the first places you’ve been that’s made sense: it’s safe, beautiful, has...

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