Volume

There’s something odd about recruitment of international teachers in Japan. One of the philosophies behind it, was not only to support English learning but also to help educate students about the world and foreign cultures. So many voices to consider, it’s easy to get lost in all the volume. If you don’t already know, the…

The Divide

Japan has a rich variety of wildlife and insects, especially in its humid summers (doesn’t rich variety sound so much better than swarm of hellspawn?). When I first came to Yokohama university and saw the countless spiders spinning their webs within the tree canopies and across the campus I wasn’t so phased (horrified, yes, but…

Congo

Any stand-up comedian has at one point or another heard crickets on stage. That one joke that falls completely flat and leaves you desperately trying to cover it with a follow up before everyone realises that you were trying to be funny. Alternatively you can always search for the black pit nearby to drop into…

Brace for the Snow Festival

It’s the most famous event in Sapporo and tourists from across Japan flock to see the spectacle. Giant statues made from snow and ice. It’s amazing to see and it spans not only the length of Odori park but even extends beyond the city in smaller snow events within the surrounding towns. There’s just one…

The lady on my arm

There are some things I never leave home without. Mobile phone, house keys, my wallet. But there’s one item that few others find as crucial as I do. You see, I am always accompanied by a lady called Shella. Perhaps some of you might have your own Shella but those who don’t are surely lacking….

Book-Off Pilgrim

There are few stronger faiths than in book-off stores And trust me when I say, I’m devout I’m taking the Book-Off pilgrimage Because every store’s amazing, I’ve no doubt   It’s so cheap you know and they have everything CDs and film, even comics too (And yes I ‘still’ buy music CDs) Everyday I come…

The Engrish Bubble

Japan as a country is rather isolated from the world, but it’s mostly self orchestrated. The same way some vegans isolate themselves from the rest of us, mostly by giving annoying speeches on healthy eating and morality (eating meat is a form of evil you see. That’s why it’s so tasty. Om nom nom). Japan…

Zombie make-up tutorial

I’ve had few major injuries in my lifetime (plenty of minor ones though. Ever since I was a child I’ve been a human pinball. You might be surprised to hear it’s not as fun as actual pinball). But there was one that left its scars on me, and not the cool battle-hardened scars you hope…

Meeting the man I didn’t know

Sheffield has produced some great and famous people over the years. Academics, writers, politicians, prostitutes (yes you read that correctly. A lady who goes by the name ‘Belle de Jour’ achieved national fame for publishing her memoirs and even got a tv show starring Billie Piper. Sheffield university was oh-so-proud when it was revealed exactly…