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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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  • Confusion 2 weeks ago After an extended break for ten days of travel through Bavaria and Bohemia (it was excellent; see Twitter/Instagram for details), I’m back at Hard-boiled Wonderland. In Chapter 24 “Shadow Grounds,” Boku visits the Gatekeeper and then has a catch-up with … Continue reading →
  • Karaoke Kotoba - 別れ 2 weeks ago My column is in the Japan Times Bilingual page this week: “Submitting yourself to the 50 shades of arigatō gozaimasu.” I take a look at ways to diversify your phrases of appreciation: ありがとう is great, but there are other ways … Continue reading →
  • 文末 Nuggets 2 months ago @howtojapanese @japantimes @AkoKitamura always struggle with sentences like "he said she told him they were very happy". 主語と動詞が多すぎ — Brendan Hidenaga (@tintinaujapon) February 12, 2015 My March Japan Times Bilingual piece is up: “Avoiding the subject isn’t such a bad …...
  • Karaoke Kotoba - いとし 2 months ago Back in the ‘90s and the early ‘00s when I first played through (parts of) FFVI, I had no idea how much the opera scene owed to karaoke culture, but now it’s totally clear. I mean, there’s a syllable for … Continue reading →
  • A Questionable Cut 3 months ago When I first read Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, I preferred the odd-numbered chapters with the data agent. I visited a few colleges that summer as I was reading it, and because of the book I was … 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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