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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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  • "Going Backwards" Bonus Coverage 1 week ago I have a new column over at the Japan Times: “Going backward to get ahead with studying Japanese.” I take an idea that Jay Rubin discusses at length in his book “Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell … Continue reading →
  • Troglodytes and Yuppie Ad Execs 2 weeks ago In my nostalgic reminiscing about the National Diet Library, I forgot to introduce one of the coolest parts of my new essay over at Neojaponisme, “Murakami Haruki’s Advertorial Short Stories”: While I was writing it, I found another cut in … Continue reading →
  • The National Diet Library and Yoru no kumozaru 4 weeks ago Sometimes when an experience is particularly unique and irreplaceable it feels to me like a sort of premature nostalgia, if that makes any sense. It’s qualitatively different from knowing that you likely won’t be able to do something again. It’s … Continue reading →
  • Cool Kanji - 語幹・語尾 2 months ago My latest column is in the Japan Times Bilingual page today: “Discovering verb stems: A gokan oasis in the desert of gobi” I address what was for me one of the most difficult adjustments to make during my first year … Continue reading →
  • Embrace 3 months ago Welcome to the Seventh Annual How to Japanese Murakami Fest! With the goal of stirring up even more interest in Murakami between now and October, when the Nobel Prizes are announced, I will post a small piece of Murakami translation/analysis/revelation … 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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