Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 24 2011

the seventh week

Well, all right. I was asked by some readers to make use of my tripod and to present some footage. I’m presenting some of the challenges facing every English teacher in Japan. The biggest seems obviously to be to convey the Japanese people the difference between ‘L’ and ‘R’. Even more difficult is it to …

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Jul 21 2011

the sixth week

I don't need to do exercises. I have children for that!

That’s like taking candy from a baby For everybody who does not know it: I’m a sugar addict. I need my sugar no matter if in liquid form like soft drinks or in solid form. Mostly those products then originate from companies like Haribo, Trolli, Milka, Ritter Sport or Ferrero. As much as I have …

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Jul 20 2011

the fifth week

Cumbersome companies Only the cell phone contract is missing. But there seems to be a problem when trying to get a SIM card. There are five mobile networks in Japan (virtual networks not taken into account). Marketleader NTT docomo with its 58 million customers. As a comparison Verizon Wireless 101 million subscribers. T-Mobile/Orange in the …

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Jul 20 2011

the fourth week

happy again

The country that sends/drives you mad There are days that begin relaxed, accompanied by beautiful weather. But beauty is only skin deep. It seems I have to weather a crisis today because several times I tried to open a bank account with the form which was given to me as a substitute for my registration …

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Jul 13 2011

third week

Die Maus

Here comes the mouse!   Friday. My host Celine has no internet access at home which is why she is taking me to her university, Dokkyo university. There she hands me her wireless password and heads off for her lectures. It’s simply great. This is how I even get to know Japanese student live. Even …

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