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Samurai Archives Podcast (part 2)

In Japan, Japanese History on July 18, 2013 at 1:31 am

When I listen to my own voice or way of speaking, I want to throw up a little bit in my mouth.

I can write pretty good, I think[i]. At least I’ve been told that. But I’m not such a well spoken guy. So I was nervous to record a podcast with the guys from Samurai Archives, who have been championing the awesomeness of Japanese History since before I knew from [ii]. But as a long time fan of all the hard work they put into making a serious yet fun bastion of Japanese History in English on the interwebs, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

In the Anglosphere, Japanese History is kind of a rare animal. Those of us who are passionate about it need to stick together.

So without further ado, here is part 2 of my dorky voice discussing all sorts of shit about Tokyo and Japan with Chris and Nate from Samurai Archives.

I suck at Word Press, so there’s a chance that clicking the picture won’t work. If that’s the case, you can use this link:

And my final note, if you like Japan This (on Facebook, Twitter, Word Press or anything, and you’re interested in Japanese History, I highly recommend subscribing to the Samurai Archives Podcast and bookmarking their site. And if you use, please use through their site so you can throw a few pennies their way to maintain their servers and all the other work that goes into keeping their site up and… well, basically, just to say “thank you!”



Part One is here:


[i] How do you like that grammar? lol
[ii] The fact that I still might not know  from is intentionally implied, so don’t think I have a big head.

Japanese Manners (part 2)

In Japanese Manners on February 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Are you ready for a few more Japanese manner tips that will let you travel in Japan like a pro?

More Manners That Will Make You Look Like a Pro:

Saying Please
Even you can’t speak any other Japanese, when you order or ask for something; you might want to say onegai shimasu (please) to score some “super cool foreigner” points.
If you want to get someone’s attention, say sumimasen (excuse me/I’m sorry).
If you bump someone in the station or realize you made a mistake or did something careless or stupid, you can also say sumimasen.

Pro-tip 1: After your food has arrived, before you start eating say itadakimasu (a humble way to say “thanks for the food”).


A Ramen Shop Is Not a Hangout
After you finish your ramen, get the hell out. Most shops are small, with limited seating so customer turnover is important. Even if the shop is pretty much empty, hanging out there ordering more beers and chatting just looks weird – like you have no idea what you’re doing.

Pro-tip: Slurp your noodles to show how much you like them. This applies to all noodles in Japan. Slurp away.


Don’t Stop In Front Of The Ticket Gate in Train Stations
This is just freaking common sense, people. And I see Japanese people do it too. When a Japanese person does it, they’re just a dumbass. When a foreigner does, you’re a fucking gaijin and we all look bad.
If you have to stop to put away your train pass or look around for something, walk to an out of the way spot and do what you gotta do, don’t block the ticket gate and scratch your balls.


Sneezing, Coughing and Generally Being Sick
Most Japanese are kireizuki (clean freaks), so if you’re on a train or something, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. This should be common sense… unless your mom was born in a barn.


Pro-tip: Wear a mask to keep your nasty germs away from other people.

If you liked this, please visit the much more important Japanese Manners Part One!

UPDATE: There’s more!  So if you want to learn more Japanese manners, check out Japanese Manners Part Three.

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I Added a Share/Like Button

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 5:18 am

Now if you want to share an article I wrote with others, you can just click the Share/Like button at the bottom of each blog post.  You can Digg it, share with Facebook, e-mail it, save to your favorites tab on your browser, Twitter…  Pretty much anything.

Hope this makes things more useful!  And thanks to everyone who pops in from time to time to read and comment!  I’ll try to keep the quality up♪


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JAPAN THIS! will now be featured on JAPUNDIT

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

I’ve been officially accepted by the powers that be at  Hopefully, this will increase the visibility of this blog and get the word out there.  Japundit is great since it’s always picked up by Google Reader if you subscribe to their “Japan” feed group.

In case you don’t know what Japundit is, here is an explanation taken directly from their site:

JAPUNDIT is a social bookmarking site that gives you an instant overview of the most popular English language articles about Japan and the other countries of East Asia. Basically, social bookmarking allows members to post links to articles or sites so others can view and evaluate them. In many ways, JAPUNDIT is similar to the popular site.

Anyways, I’m excited about this as I’m looking for ways to jump start this blog!

awwwwwwww yeah!
mαrky( -_-)凸

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