Since November I have been, and continue to be, happily employed at a scientific institute in Auckland, New Zealand as one of their software developers. It’s a world away from the daily marathons I walked across Japan, struggling to understand and be understood. No more fascinating local customs or idiosyncrasies pick up on (though our [...]
September 9th, 2008
We’re back in Japan and immediately being made to feel like honoured guests. In Nagoya we revisited Iizuka-san, with whom I stayed back in May, and her daughter’s family came to say hello. The seven of us piled into the late-model people mover, decked out with dashboard navigation system and TV. Kiyomi said drivers are [...]
August 8th, 2008
A.k.a. “I’m melting, I’m melting”
It is seriously hot in Tokyo, and most of Japan for that matter. So we’re taking a break and flying to America for a road-trip! Updates will still happen, but expect sausages and hot dogs instead of sashimi and hot springs.