Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

My friend Chris, from high school, had a hand in making this video. Great stuff!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yellow Lightcycle - Tron Legacy

Yellow Lightcycle - Tron Legacy
Originally uploaded by Jason In Japan.

I am a HUGE fan of the original TRON movie from 1982. I saw it a bunch of times in the theater when I was about 12 or 13 years old.

I had a great, special-edition DVD of the original movie, and it got stolen off the front seat of my car one day back in 2004. (Note to self - re-buy that DVD)

And it looks like they're gonna do the original movie proud with this sequel: Tron - Legacy that comes out in December.

I might be living in Japan in December, so I hope they get the movie that same month. Can't wait to see it!


Saturday, January 23, 2010

I like Superman

I like Superman
Originally uploaded by Jason In Japan.

More pics from 2004. These feature me in a classroom doing my jikoshokai (self-introduction) in front of a combined class of 3rd graders at one of my five Japanese elementary schools during my first year as an ALT in Shimane.

I encourage you to click the pic above and go to the page these pictures are on and read the captions below each picture for more information.


Friday, January 22, 2010

チュッキョ・フィギュア 浅田真央 インタビュー 2週目

There is an INCREDIBLE amount of coverage of Mao Asada on YouTube. Just click on the above video to watch on YT and then look to the right at all the "related" videos and you'll see an endless amount of vids about the Japanese figure skater.

I can't imagine any American skater in recent years getting as much media time year-round as Mao gets in Japan.

I was in Japan for the last winter Olympics, where the Japanese had disappointment after disappointment, except for the one Gold Medal they got in womens' figure skating for Arakawa's brilliant routine.

I'm sure the pressure will really be on Asada as the country hopes for another Gold Medal in February in Vancouver.

The only reason I see these videos on YouTube is that I'm currently posting SUMO videos every day to my all Sumo channel. When one of my videos gets a lot of ratings or comments, it often ends up in the Top Most Rated or Top Most discussed videos in all of Japan for the sports category. And inevitably, the video at #1 will be a Mao Asada video.

She sure has her fans!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pictures of me teaching in Elementary school

Shaking Hands
Originally uploaded by Jason In Japan.

I encourage you to click on the above picture and go to my Flickr site to view all the pictures AND read the captions! :)

I'm often asked to show lessons from my classes, and usually if I'm taking the pictures, I'm not in them, but this was my first year as an ALT (February 2005) and one of the HRTs took these pics of me with a combined class of about sixty 3rd graders.

I sorted thru and found a bunch that don't show faces clearly, so you can get some idea of how I would conduct a lesson. This was a simple lesson of learning words from flashcards - a common lesson at Japanese elementary schools.
We also did a dance/song and played a board game in this extended class that lasted about 80 minutes (with a break in the middle).

I found this CD rom of pics in my boxes of stuff from Japan and haven't seen these pics in about 5 years. Do I look younger? :)


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

funny story from school - messing up in Japanese

Do you have a funny story about messing up while trying to speak a foreign language? Or a story of a foreigner speaking to you in English and just getting it all wrong? Leave a comment. :)


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Great website about Taisha in Japanese and English

My former Japanese language tutor, Imaoka sensei, and an ALT from Taisha who I've known for 4 years - Angharad James - worked on the English language version of a guide to famous local sites in Taisha, like Izumo Taisha shrine.

It's a really great page of photos and information - so check it out Here!

Here are the opening lines:

Japanese speakers may refer to this guide when giving a tour of the Izumo Taisha area to English speakers. The following questions are ones foreign visitors might ask at the sites.


This site makes me very nostalgic for my town.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stache - yes or no?

In the first 6 hours after I posted this video today, I've gotten one-hundred comments. hahaha

Click on the "watch on YouTube" link and read some of the comments - fun stuff!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Welcome to the January 2010 Grand Sumo Tournament - Hatsu Bashou

I'm starting my coverage of the January Grand Sumo Tournament today - and continuing thru to January 24th.

Come on over to my all-sumo channel for daily updates.


Saturday, January 09, 2010

It's cold in Japan, even inside my apartment!

About one year ago I filmed the above video in my apartment in rural Japan. It was COLD!

And today I'm sitting in my parents' house in San Diego and it's sunny and about 70.F (21.C) and lovely outside. :)