Why You Should Embrace Your Accent

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There’s a sad lie going around in this world that only some accents are worthy of the top. Everything else needs to be hidden, padded down, and cleaned up to sound more “presentable” to the outside world. When I first started learning Japanese, I really, really tried to hide my American accent as much as possible. I wanted to sound like a native so badly, but do you know what?

Native speakers are totally overrated.

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Brighten Your Morning in Japan with a Little Exercise

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I live in rural Japan, but Japan’s a small country and I stand out, so I don’t get to go jogging regularly like I used to in the past. Stalkers are on the increase over here, so please be careful, ladies. Some of the bigger, nicer parks over here cost money to get in, so most of us are stuck settling for the smaller, less spacious places in the neighborhood. I grew up surrounded by nature, so I sometimes feel sad to see building after building. Continue reading

Prayer for Japan: In Memory of Dr. Hinohara

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Japan has lost a Christian giant. Shigeaki Hinohara was one of the most prominent, well-known Christians in Japan. Born in 1911, Dr. Hinohara lived to be 105 years old and was active even up to the end of his life. We have lost another righteous man to fill in the gap between Japan and God’s wrath. Where are the youth to take his place? Where is that new generation to sing Hosanna? Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should Wear an Apron in Japan and Everywhere

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I’ve always loved aprons. I remember trips to grandma’s house to make cookies for the holidays always involved wearing the cute little aprons she had on hand. There’s just something special about aprons. They are super easy to make, so if you have time, you should make one! With minimal sewing skills you can finish it easy peasy in an afternoon (with toddlers running around, it might take longer). Here in Japan it is common to see Japanese housewives and kindergarten teachers wearing these lovely things for a quick trip to the grocery store; I love that! Continue reading