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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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  • Tanka and Competitive Karuta 4 weeks ago I’m in the Japan Times this week with a quick introduction to tanka along with some cool reading recommendations: “Tanka help Japanese express emotions.” I can’t recommend 『現代秀歌』 highly enough. As I mention in the article, it’s the collection that … Continue reading →
  • June Yamagishi and Papa Grows Funk 1 month ago I remember exactly where I was when I first heard about Papa Grows Funk. I was having a drink with a high school classmate at Train Bar in Roppongi in August 2002, my first visit to Japan, and he was … Continue reading →
  • Killing Killing Commendatore 2 months ago I’m in the Japan Times Bilingual page this week: “Conquering ‘Commendatore’: Murakami brandishes familiar lexicon in latest novel.” Hopefully this is the last I’ll have to deal with Killing Commendatore for a while. I didn’t really have a chance to … Continue reading →
  • Cool Phrase - 一心不乱 2 months ago I have an article in a series new to the Japan Times this month, “Why Did You Leave Japan?”: “Model mixes punk with fashion on the runways of New York.” A college friend introduced me to Tsubasa Watanabe when I … Continue reading →
  • Review: Murakami's Kishidanchō-goroshi (Killing Commendatore) 2 months ago My review of the new Murakami novel Killing Commendatore (騎士団長殺し) is in the Japan Times this week: “‘Killing Commendatore’: Murakami’s latest lacks inspired touch of earlier works” In short, it was not very good. I’ll be very curious to see … 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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