Commuting in Tokyo


Quick Japanese lesson:

おります:”orimasu” : I’m getting off. (a train or vehicle)

ドアが閉まります:”doa ga shimarimasu” : The doors are closing.


I commute on the Chuo line and the Yamanote line; two extremely crowded, popular train lines.

It is not fun. The least fun thing is when nobody moves when you are getting off on a less popular station.

Please move if people are trying to claw their way off of the train.

This has been a lesson in trains and how difficult it is to leave them with people blocking the door.


Adventures in Imagination


Sometimes this happens to me, there will be a person approaching some sort of open space, they will start to head towards the space, they look up and see non-Japanese faces and then they hesitate.

I always wondered what the hesitation is stemming from…It is just surprise or shock because there are just not that many non-Japanese people around…or is it this?



New Year Resolutions – 2015



This post was supposed to be posted at the beginning of this week, but better late than never, right? Right?

2014 was a tough year. In the beginning of the year I lost my father, and in August I decided to quit my job and seriously wondered if I should stay in Japan any longer.

However! It wasn’t all bad…I also:

– Went to Italy and saw family I hadn’t seen in years

– Got a new job work on a mobile game

– Saw Nobuo Uematsu in concert!

I’m pretty bad at keeping resolutions but this year I am going to try to work on this site. Hopefully you guys will enjoy the content. I’ve been making cheaply printed zines and selling those at small conventions for awhile now but I am really interested in finally trying crowdfunding and seeing if I can’t print/sell something nice for once!

(It’s going to be awhile until I try anything like that though).

Here’s to a better year.

Adventures in Dating…With an Age Gap



I am dating a guy over 10 years older than me. I usually don’t really notice the age gap because he likes so many things that I like. The way we think is also not really that different. But this is the first time that I’ve dated someone much older than myself.

About a week ago we went to a cafe that just plays 80s music. We were listening to the music and talking about it when the above happened. It was a little awkward.

I am going to avoid going to nostalgia cafes with him 😛


Adventures in Job Hunting: The Inevitable



So in August I quit the job I had been at for 1.5 years…It was the first office job I had ever had and the first job I ever had where I operated entirely in a foreign language.

I had no plan for afterward. So dumb…and I am aware it was dumb, but I don’t regret it. I was far from thriving there. I was lost everyday. I felt worthless. I knew that if I did not just cut myself free then I would never get the motivation to try something new.

I am trying to look for some work where I can use my drawings, or my Japanese to do something that I feel has some sort of purpose. I am very lost. Lost but know one thing. I will no longer do English jobs for full time work. Japan, however, does not see eye-to-eye with this decision. 

If you are an experienced English teacher with a valid work visa living here already, be prepared. You are prime English meat.

I can tell you that I made far less money working in a Japanese office than being a teacher. Being a teacher is a great way to help kids/adults, make a decent amount of money, and only rarely have overtime. It is also great if you are pursuing a teaching career. I am not. For me it would turn into something I just do for the money, and I think ultimately the English students deserve someone who wants to be a teacher, or is more knowledgable about second language education than me.