George Lucas influenced by Akira Kurosawa

When my Japanese got to the intermediate level I fell in love with Akira Kurosawa movies.

7 Samurai, Ikiru, Madadayo are some of my favourite movies of all time.

(I love the line in Madadayo where the teacher makes “baka” soup – a deer/horse combo. It you know the kanji for baka you know why that’s clever in an Oyaji-gaggu kinda way) 🙂

 

The thought happened to pop into my head that Star Wars borrowed a lot from Japanese elements so I googled it (I had this thought before but had never googled). I’m not a Star Wars fanatic (never been to a fan gathering and haven’t watched them quite 100 times), but I like Star Wars so the result of that google research was interesting.

Turns out George Lucas and Akira Kurosawa had a lot in common and Lucas “bit” (to us the bboy phrase) a lot from Kurosawa’s style.

Check it out

http://secrethistoryofstarwars.com/kurosawa1.html

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Adventures in Teaching Japanese

If it is your first time here – I am a non-native Japanese teacher. (years of Japanese/ Japanese University grad)

I am currently teaching at a small private high school that encourages innovative methods.

For me, teaching Japanese is like coming home. It is like giving back.

In my senior year of high school my Japanese teacher was Puerto Rican. He was also my best Japanese teacher and is (based on their Japan Bowl results) one of the best Japanese teachers in the U.S.

I owe him a lot. A whole lot.

So for me, teaching others is like paying forward what he did for me.

Teaching Japanese is an interesting road.

The more I teach the better I understand the languages advantages and challenges myself.

Japanese is a neat language.

One goal of this site is to record my adventures teaching Japanese. And hopefully what I write might help some other Japanese teachers and language learners.

I will be adding more , highlighting resources , etc.

So sign up for my newsletter.

 

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Yakitori Sensei ! “I can teach you to learn Japanese and go to Japan”

よこそ!
始めまして「焼き鳥」先生でーす!どぞよろしく

Welcome! My students call me “Yakitori Sensei!” It’s nice to meet you!

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Book my online lessons on Wyzant.com
http://wyzant.com/Tutors/Yakitori

Teacher Profile:
Japanese is FUN!
I work as a Japanese instructor at a small private school in Delray Beach, FL.

I also organize classes and tutor individuals.

In all my classes I use CIE learning methods.

I am a non-Japanese, Japanese tutor.
(Why learn from a Non-Native Japanese teacher?)
Having learned the language myself I can give you insight into the language and learning it that a native Japanese speaker cannot. I have been in your shoes, have been where you want to go, and can help you get there. I took four years of Japanese in High School (my senior class was taught by a non-Japanese Japanese teacher, my best Japanese teacher ever) and passed the AP Japanese test. I took Japanese at University of Miami and went on student exchange for one year to Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. I transferred to Sophia University and graduated from there with a bachelors in International Business. While there I took their intensive Japanese and Advanced Japanese courses, and then took a portion of my regular coursework in Japanese. My tutoring experience started with 1.5 years tutoring English in Tokyo. In 2012 I took a seminar in Texas for Accelerated Language Teaching Methods that covered the methods used by the Canadian Institute of English (CIE). I use these methods (including Audio-lingual method & Total Physical Response) in my LIVELY tutoring sessions. I play Jazz saxophone (gave lessons/played a few live gigs in Tokyo), so I love audio learning methods.

Instead of boring, stay-in-your-seat classes, students learn while acting and doing!

So again,

  • 4 years of High School Japanese / Passed AP Japanese testing
  • College Japanese courses
  • Study Abroad to Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan
  • Transfer and graduation from Sophia University (3 years; Intensive Japanese and Advanced Japanese graduate)
  • Harry Cotton Language Teaching Methods Seminar (CIE | the Neuroscience of language acquisition)

FUN STUFF :

Learn with all your senses –

Active moving brains learn better – so don’t sit at your desk!

 

 

Some Japanese Resources

Japanese-lesson.com – great beginner charts, sheets, and information

ManyThings.org/Japanese – truly many things. one of the best Japanese language resources based on quality and quantity available. Also all FREE!

Anki memorization tool – a software tool that changes the way you memorize.

 


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An Open Letter

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“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” — Samuel Adams

If you have any part in the J-web I beg you to suffer through this long letter. If I have done my job well it will be more than worth it for your time.

As the two or three people 🙂 who used to read my blog know, at the end of 2008 I “went to the mountain” on a soul searching journey to try to figure out (among other things) what I really want out of life, who I am inside, and why are Japan and the people who are tied to it so interesting to me.

When I completed that intensive soul searching I still was not fully sure of the answers to those questions but I was sure of one thing… I was much closer to the answers than ever before and my life was infinitely better off than if I had not taken the time to examine it.

It seems to me that few of us human beings ever take the time to really search ourselves, let alone continue to “soul-search” and examine. And that is a shame because as I have learnt firsthand it is one of the most beneficial activities one could ever make time for.

That being the case, I can only consider it an extremely fortunate thing that my pride/life took such a horrible beating in 2006 that I was forced to come face to face with that question. And I must consider myself even more fortunate for the “failures” and “setbacks” of the two years that followed which lead me at the end of 2008 to stop and deeply examine life, who I am, what is important, and who I want be.

When I say that these “life shocks” were fortunate I mean it with the utmost sincerity, because I realise now that I was (/am) being forged. During forging, a katana‘s steel is not rubbed lovingly in oil. No, it is thrust into a blazing furnace, quenched in the coldest water baths, and beaten by a thousand hammer blows. This creates a blade with a quality and tenacity unmatched,… and so too with the human character.

It is only a guess, but I imagine that you can related to that; that you have gone through “trials by fire.” I also imagine that growing up you might have often been asked “what do you want to be?” and now, you are asked “what do you do?” And yet, I am willing to bet others rarely ever asked you “who do you want to be?” which is much more important. Though others might never ask you,  please do not make the mistake of not posing the question to yourself.

And so I questioned myself in 2008. The answers I have found have been moving and personal. I cannot share all of them here but I will give you an impression of my mission statement:

My mission is…
through continual development of qualities of character to:

1) … Seek to understand the purpose for my life.

2) … Be fulfilled whatever comes my way (contentment). To be confident. (internal. not based on external circumstances)

3)… <personal>

4)… Create a mobile lifestyle; very few possessions. Continual language learning.

5) Live with excitement, joy, love and deep/helpful relationships with other people (like family and friends)

And, (through knowledge, continual learning, industry, frugality, focus, discipline, and systematisation) conduct business and live my life in a way that facilitates the above life purpose to the greatest extent possible.

Why does any of this matter?

My friends, I put to you the following questions: Who are you? And what do your interests say about you? Why Japan? Why the web? Why a community?

Is our interest in the Japan-related web, in building websites and in interacting with others of like-interest not greater than just what we see on the surface? Is there nothing deeper here? I believe, rightly or wrongly, that there is.

I believe that we are different. And that is why we have these interests. And that is why we long to be part of a community.

In 2006 I started the first incarnation of my web project, Nipponster. Like all versions to date, it was a failure 🙂 But it successfully started me on my path.

In 2007 I created this blog, DailyJ, in a desperate effort to find and connect to like-interested individuals in order to feel that I was not the only one trying to create something Japan-related. I wanted to know that there were other people out there on the web with dreams and goals and missions. People with interests like mine.

And so I did something that I did not quite fully understand the significance of at the time: I began interviewing webmasters and bloggers of Japan-related websites.

I interviewed 22 of them in that year and it was so rewarding and fun!

At the time I did not truly understand why I liked interviewing them so much. And I did not realise why interviewing them was so emotionally rewarding to me or why I found each of them and their stories so interesting and special.

I was missing the point, the reason that was right there under my nose.

Now, after much thought, I think that maybe the reason was this:

We are people with a shared past/present, interested in each others endeavours toward similar goals and a similar desire for the future.

We share goals of life and travel abroad, of viable businesses or work that let’s us pursue our passion, of language and cultural learning, of excitement and adventure, and of sharing our experiences with others.

We are all looking for an unconventional life; a lifestyle free of the limitations of the past and the status quo.

We are all growing through – and with – our websites; and learning from each other’s websites.

We are all on a journey.

In my post “back from the mountain” I wrote that I was looking for my “why,” why I wanted to do DailyJ indefinitely (despite the obstacles)

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

It took me longer than expected but I finally found exactly why I want to do DailyJ and what I want to do with it.

DailyJ is about the web as medium for empowering us, the Japan-enthusiasts of the world. Empowering current J-bloggers to continue J-blogging. To empower current foreigners in Japan to stay in Japan if that is their goal. To inspire and empowver people (like Jamaipanese) who have a dream of visiting or living in Japan, by giving them some of what they need to get there.

I now consider my mission with DailyJ to kickstart the AA of the Japan-related web.

That might seem like a strange statement, so let me explain. I think of the decentralised nature of organisations like AA. They are support groups made up of people who are all at the same rank, there are no leaders or bosses. At a support group people with a common background come together to help one another toward a shared goal; in AA’s case sobriety, in our case a freedom.

A freedom from constrained lives. A freedom to dream and strive toward a place that we long to go to, or to stay in. And more than that, toward perhaps a life where we choose where we live and on what terms. The internet has greatly enabled the possibility of these unconventional realities: the possibility of freedom from being tied down to one place; the power to overcome the limitations of the past; the opportunity to learn and to grow in new ways.

When a person blogs about their experiences in Japan I get excited because I remember my first year in Japan and how much I wanted to share my awe of that experience with the world (motivation enough at the time to teach myself HTML).

When a blogger or a commentator talks about their desire to go to Japan or to learn Japanese I get excited.

When a webmaster or blogger relates to readers about the life he/she is able to build in Japan and inspires those readers to be different, I am grateful because I know that I needed similar inspiration.

I enjoy the J-web.

I am glad that I have been able to make my own small contributions to it too. And I am glad that it is growing more and more all the time.

But mostly I am eager to see if we cannot make it into more of a place where the participants are empowering and being empowered by one another. (I know “empowering” is a bit of a silly word but I cannot think of another that conveys accurately what I mean)

Let’s share with each other the story of what we are trying to create (i.e. why we have created our blog, business, lifestyle). Let’s inspire one another to be different!

And surely we are different. Many of us, when the two roads diverged in the wood, took “the one less traveled by.” We have fought hard to do what we have done. We have strayed far from conventional and beaten paths. We have learnt impossible languages. We have learnt web development skills that others lack. We have a love for reading and learning that many do not. And we have a desire to create something of great value through our blogs, through our ideas, and by our will power.

And together, my fellow J-webbers, we will.

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The J-web economy

Nick Ramsay had an excellent post about his officially becoming a programmer.

http://www.longcountdown.com/2009/08/26/im-a-programmer-its-official/

we want to have lives on our terms. etc.

location free. yada yada.

post outline is on p.56 of #28 notebook.

Hi Philip,
Thank you so much for contacting me. I think your nihongoup is a great tool.
And I hope it is a success.
Unfortunately I have to tell you the same thing I have been telling everyone recently:
I have no time for DailyJ at the moment. It breaks my heart to have to say that because I loved DailyJ and I loved interviewing people about their Japan-related websites and projects.
I am hoping to change things around so that I can get back to doing what I love, but right now that goal is still out of reach.
When I do return to conducting interviews I would be more than happy to interview you if you are still interested at that time.

I’m sorry that I have to let you down.
If you haven’t done so already you might want to post about nihongoup on Japansoc.com. Japansoc was/is an amazing project that I was very involved with at the early stages (my best contribution to the Japan-related web).

Sincerely,
Your fellow Japan enthusiast – Tori Johnson

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Questions – to myself and to the community

Reformulating.

Rethinking.

Lurking.

It seems to me that a sustained and useful Japan-related web community requires soul searching.

I know that for myself, for me to be a useful and long-term contributor, I have to do soul searching. I have to know what really drives and motivates me; what will really sustain my enthusiasm for this activity.

For me it is about Japan and it is about the web. But it is also bigger/more than just Japan and more than just the web.

It is about people, passion, mission.

So I have been rethinking and reformulating in the shadows. It’s not quite time yet; the ideas aren’t solid yet.

But the questions are firm and universal.

Why Japan?

Why are we interesting in Japan? What exactly is the nature of our interest in Japan? (ex: living there, want to live there, etc.) How can we satisfy that interest?

Why the web?

Why do we blog? Why do we build websites? Why do we write, podcast, videocast?

and perhaps even…

Why a community?

Why the need to organise? Why the need/desire to connect with others? How does the community benefit the whole?

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May Toolbar Improvements

I have been rather inactive on the J-web lately but it is always on my mind.

Instead I have been digging deeper into the soul searching I started at the end of last year. And I have been tapping into what my passions truly are which I think will ultimately do me and any project I choose to work on more good than just doing something for the sake of [fill in the blank].

But I have been actively working on small constant improvements to the j-web community toolbar.

Here is the latest addition:

1) Furigana Generator!

Working on a document and want to add furigana on top of all or some of the kanji?

Furigana Generator can help. I’ve put a link to it on the toolbar under the “tools” menu.

http://mosquito.dyndns.tv/~spock/furi/

I also added a link under “japan links” to http://tokyo-vr.com/

Tokyo VR is website with neat virtual reality style panoramic shots of places in Tokyo. They are interactive so you can pan around and zoom in. The Tokyo Undergroad shots are rather interesting.

Diddlefinger.com – I was think of adding this but I don’t know if it will be useful. It is a google maps mashup where you can search google maps japan in English.

I’d really like to make this toolbar more useful. I am definitely not satisfied yet…

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Take JapanSoc on the go! J-web Community toolbar upgrade

Hi all,

As part of my commitment to make the community japanese language toolbar a force for enhancing collaboration on the Japan-related web I’ve just added a cool new feature:

Floating JapanSoc Widgets! (see screenshot below)

JapanSoc floating widget

JapanSoc floating widget

“Why should I care?” you say?

Well, if you are a Jsoc’er you can use this handy tool to keep up with the latest Top and Upcoming stories on JapanSoc, without being on JapanSoc.

So let’s say you are “busy” watching Youtube videos but you also want to see if there is anything new on JapanSoc – now you can!

“Give me the widget already!”

First you have to have the japanese language toolbar. Once you have that, on the toolbar go to “japan links” and find the new “JapanSoc” section. In that section click on either “top stories popup” or “upcoming stories popup”

The popup can be resized using the resize thingy (what do you call those?) on the bottom right.

I hope it will be of use to you.

As always, let me know what you think! I’m all ears.

Have a great day,

DailyJ

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This widget floats about the web pages and stays with you as you surf away from JapanSoc

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Reluctantly switching to Google

I gave Nipponster a little makeover and made the changes live today.

This included turning my back on Swicki and using Google instead.

I really did not want to do that but I had to bite the bullet…

It’s not that I don’t love Google, I do. But I saw something unique in Swicki and their “social search.” I still believe that voting and searching ought to be together, especially in vertical search (like Japan-related search) where there can be a community built around searching.

The Swicki people were always very helpful and friendly but unfortunately the platform let me down too many times.

I’ll probably post more about possibilities for nipponster in the future. But for now that is all. Any thoughts you want to share are VERY welcome.

Thanks all

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Semi-frequent blogging

Hi, My name is Tori Johnson (a.k.a The Chemist) and this is DailyJ. It is currently a blog in transition as I search for new meaning and ways to add value to the Japan-related web community.

Click on “The Interviews” tab above for interviews I conducted with over 20 Japan-related webmasters.

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter (less than monthly mailings/no spam) or to our posts by rss.

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update:

Going once, going twice, gone!

Jamaipanese.com snatched up Gaijinbook.com

And I decided to keep Japanopedia.

I have one more Japan-related domain name that I might be willing to part with if you have a good plan for it. “Japandigger.com”

Email me if you are interested.

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Power to the people – the Japanese Toolbar belongs to you

I’ve just finished a wiki page for the Japanese Toolbar on JapanSoc.org.

The purpose of this page is to put the creative direction of the toolbar into the hands of the users. It is now more than ever your toolbar!

The goal of this project is also to encourage a “open-source” style of collaboration on Japan-related web projects. (Thanks Nick)

As always I’d looove to hear your feedback!

Have a great day,

DailyJ

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Nipponster Toolbar gets a makeover

It’s been awhile.

Being away from the action is never fun and I am glad to have found some inspiration and time to make some updates and post them.

I am always lurking and seeing things here and there though.
So much is going on lately on the J-web and I am anxious to talk about it and find out about it from the people involved.

But to start I thought I’d better make good on my word and finish working out some suggestions Nick (whom I cannot thank enough) sent me for the Nipponster Toolbar.

So here they are (thank Nick):

The radio&tv section has been cleaned up a bit

I put a link to BillWest’s JapanBlogger.net for the “Blogs, Podcasts and Videos” section of the “Japan Links”

And I added to the “Japan Links -> Forums and Communities” section also, including a link to the JapanSoc community blog

Now you can also have the largest RSS feed of Japan blogs on the planet right on your browser with the Japan Blog Big RSS feed

And, best of all, I’ve included Tofugu’s “Top 10 Japanese Language Resources” to the Japan Links section. It is a great list for learning Japanese and now each of the 10 a available right from your browser.

I am excited about the new toolbar updates and I am hoping to roll out more soon. Especially ones that will make the Tofugu resources even easier to use.

So, if you haven’t taken it for a spin yet be sure to try out the Nipponster toolbar today.

Well, that’s all from me, what is happening on your side of the J-web?

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update:

Going once, going twice, gone!

Jamaipanese.com snatched up Gaijinbook.com

And I decided to keep Japanopedia.

I have one more Japan-related domain name that I might be willing to part with if you have a good plan for it. “Japandigger.com”

Email me if you are interested.

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Giving away a few Japan-related domain names

I have a few domain names that I’d like to give (yes, free) to anyone who will do good with them.

Going forward it will be important for me to focus my time and resources on the areas where I am already providing value (and can provide future value). And I plan to cut everything that doesn’t.

So, here are the domains available (all registered at godaddy):

Japanopedia.org – A Japan encyclopedia project was the original vision. Maybe you can make it work or come up with a better idea for it. Ganbare!

Japanopedia.com – was registered to protect the japanopedia name (which was probably pointless)

gaijinbook.com – I had so many ideas for this site. The first website I ever made was thegaijinbook.com in 2003 with the help of a friend. It was supposed to be a site where foreigners (mostly foreign exchange students) in Japan could post articles talking about their experiences. We even played with the idea of turning some of the experiences into a book (which could be done easily now with lulu) and giving all the published submitters a percentage of sales. But the idea didn’t take off (my vanity would like to think it was ahead of its time) and I moved on to other website projects. We forgot to renew the name and lost it. I always liked the name though and ended up buying gaijinbook.com (which was better anyway). I didn’t have a clear idea for it at first but finally planned to turn into a social networking site for foreigners. Probably not a great idea. I don’t know.

Anyway, maybe you can take it and do something awesome with it.

I’ve never sold or given away a domain before so I am not sure exactly how it works on godaddy although I know you can do it and supposedly it isn’t hard.

SO, if you are interested, just email me about the domain you want and we can figure out how to make the transfer from there.

eaglelandgrace Att gmail

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Nipponster Toolbar gets a makeover

It’s been awhile.

Being away from the action is never fun and I am glad to have found some inspiration and time to make some updates and post them.

I am always lurking and seeing things here and there though.
So much is going on lately on the J-web and I am anxious to talk about it and find out about it from the people involved.

But to start I thought I’d better make good on my word and finish working out some suggestions Nick (whom I cannot thank enough) sent me for the Nipponster Toolbar.

So here they are (thank Nick):

The radio&tv section has been cleaned up a bit

I put a link to BillWest’s JapanBlogger.net for the “Blogs, Podcasts and Videos” section of the “Japan Links”

And I added to the “Japan Links -> Forums and Communities” section also, including a link to the JapanSoc community blog

Now you can also have the largest RSS feed of Japan blogs on the planet right on your browser with the Japan Blog Big RSS feed

And, best of all, I’ve included Tofugu’s “Top 10 Japanese Language Resources” to the Japan Links section. It is a great list for learning Japanese and now each of the 10 a available right from your browser.

I am excited about the new toolbar updates and I am hoping to roll out more soon. Especially ones that will make the Tofugu resources even easier to use.

So, if you haven’t taken it for a spin yet be sure to try out the Nipponster toolbar today.

Well, that’s all from me, what is happening on your side of the J-web?

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Nipponster Toolbar gets a makeover

It’s been awhile.

Being away from the action is never fun and I am glad to have found some inspiration and time to make some updates and post them.

I am always lurking and seeing things here and there though.
So much is going on lately on the J-web and I am anxious to talk about it and find out about it from the people involved.

But to start I thought I’d better make good on my word and finish working out some suggestions Nick (whom I cannot thank enough) sent me for the Nipponster Toolbar.

So here they are (thank Nick):

The radio&tv section has been cleaned up a bit

I put a link to BillWest’s JapanBlogger.net for the “Blogs, Podcasts and Videos” section of the “Japan Links”

And I added to the “Japan Links -> Forums and Communities” section also, including a link to the JapanSoc community blog

Now you can also have the largest RSS feed of Japan blogs on the planet right on your browser with the Japan Blog Big RSS feed

And, best of all, I’ve included Tofugu’s “Top 10 Japanese Language Resources” to the Japan Links section. It is a great list for learning Japanese and now each of the 10 a available right from your browser.

I am excited about the new toolbar updates and I am hoping to roll out more soon. Especially ones that will make the Tofugu resources even easier to use.

So, if you haven’t taken it for a spin yet be sure to try out the Nipponster toolbar today.

Well, that’s all from me, what is happening on your side of the J-web?

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upgrades and improvements

Upgrading the blog to wordpress 2.7. Holding breathe that it all works…

Improving the Nipponster Toolbar (based on suggestions. Thanks Nick!). More on that later.

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Back from the Mountain top…

Tadaima!
I am “back from the mountaintop.”

November was a great month and I was able to take time to do some deep reflection on my life and where I want to go from here.

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Some of that I might be sharing later on here on the blog, especially anything that relates to DailyJ, the J-web, and Japan. Those subjects will always have a special place in my heart. But truth be told they ranked in importance well below other things like family, livelihood and happiness/general well-being. And I’d say that is healthy.

Unfortunately, after much deliberation and soul searching I still haven’t decided exactly what I want to do with DailyJ. Oh, well…

But I do know that I want to keep it going on indefinitely. At the same time I cannot blog daily (daily blogging=burn out).

So, I will take the great advice offered by Shane and Nick (& others).
From now on I will blog when I want to and hopefully (with the burden of “I have to blog” removed) I will really want to blog often. I will also use that twitter idea Nick mentioned.

Give me a little time to shake off the rust (and catch-up with comments and email). Then I should be back commenting and enjoying the community in no time.

How are things on your side of the J-web?

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Gone to the mountain (see you in December)

🙁

Life is keeping me from blogging…

In part that is a good thing because actually, despite how much I hype it, the J-web isn’t everything (did I just admit that? 😮 ). We humans need balance and that is what this post is about.

I have a life outside of blogging that is also very fulfilling and I am happy about that.

And then there is also work… Work is fulfilling in its own way too. I work at a small company where I’m fortunate to work often directly with the founder. I’ve learnt much on the job and it has helped me gain useful experience I will need on the path to what I ultimately would like to do (it also pays the bills). That said it really takes up my time.

I also have my own business. I incorporated a little over 3 years ago (I was still in uni at the time – I always bite off more than I can chew) and have been playing around with different business ideas ever since. Business is one of my passions.

My ideal business would be one that:

  • is completely remote (I want to be able to work from anywhere with an internet connection)
  • combines web technology with business ingenuity
  • leverages application service providers (ASPs, also called Saas) and outsourcing so I only focus of the area where I add the most value
  • engages my three passions: Japan, business, and web technology

When I started I was working on a few web ventures and I am still working on one of them (an ecommerce store). As I was working on these a friend asked me to develop a website for his small business (and do some online marketing), he referred his contacts and they’ve referred people and I’ve been focusing on that ever since. Maybe I’ll be able to quit my other job someday and just do this (although admittedly my web design skills need work).

Of course, if money was not an issue I would just create useful Japan-related websites and tools to help people all day… Who knows, maybe that is a possibility too.

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I have a lot of thinking to do. So I am going up to the proverbial mountain top (I plan to post again starting Dec. 1) .

After this little sojourn of meditation I will hopefully have [rested and] asked myself some very deep life questions.

I like doing this type of internal reflection. And I’ve decided from now on to do reflecting of this level at least once a year. This year I will be making my first personal mission statement an idea I took from Stephen Covey’s very good book First Things First.

Two other good books that will be reviewing on the mountaintop are Good To Great by Jim Collins and Go It Alone by Bruce Judson. I highly recommend both of them (for anyone who enjoys business books).

See you in December,

The Chemist

p.s. Nick, thanks again for the toolbar suggestions! I will be working on them during the hiatus.

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Rikai Widgets on the Nipponster Japan Toolbar

Working on too many things…

Thankfully I made time for things that matter too.

I have caught up with my email (inbox zero!) and replied to all comments (hopefully).

I also added some goodies to the Nipponster Japan Toolbar for you.

They are from Rikai’s “syndicate me” page.

By putting them on the Japan Toolbar users like you can access them right from your browser! (good for extra laziness)

Here is what it looks like:

rikai language widgets on japan toolbar

Of course you have to download/install the Japan Toolbar if you haven’t already (it’s easy).

Here are the rikai widgets in action (of course with the toolbar you don’t have to come here to use them):

Kanji of the day –

Kanji recall quiz –

Japanese phrase of the day –

Japan photo of the day –

I have the sneaky suspicion that I have set these up on the toolbar wrong (they may not update daily), I will check them later to see if they update. If you notice any problems let me know, yeah?

And if you have any suggestions for the Japan Toolbar just let me know. I’m at your service.

Have a great day
DailyJ

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Nerd debate

I was replying to comments and clearing my inbox today and I noticed fellow J-web buddy Nick wrote up a little post about his top 10 most used computer programs. I have been trying to coax him over from the evil microsoft empire for a little while now so it was good to see some open source software on the list.

Of course I had to tease him about WindowsMail though… (I bet he hates me now 🙂 )

He knows I love him though.

I thought I’d make this post just in case Nick needs to release some steam and post a rebuttal comment 🙂

Also I wanted to say that I’m not alone, Jdonuts also said goodbye to windows. Linux J-webbers unite!

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Rikai Widgets on the Nipponster Japan Toolbar

Working on too many things…

Thankfully I made time for things that matter too.

I have caught up with my email (inbox zero!) and replied to all comments (hopefully).

I also added some goodies to the Nipponster Japan Toolbar for you.

They are from Rikai’s “syndicate me” page.

By putting them on the Japan Toolbar users like you can access them right from your browser! (good for extra laziness)

Here is what it looks like:

rikai language widgets on japan toolbar

Of course you have to download/install the Japan Toolbar if you haven’t already (it’s easy).

Here are the rikai widgets in action (of course with the toolbar you don’t have to come here to use them):

Kanji of the day –

Kanji recall quiz –

Japanese phrase of the day –

Japan photo of the day –

I have the sneaky suspicion that I have set these up on the toolbar wrong (they may not update daily), I will check them later to see if they update. If you notice any problems let me know, yeah?

And if you have any suggestions for the Japan Toolbar just let me know. I’m at your service.

Have a great day
DailyJ

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rikai language widgets on japan toolbar

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