Monthly Archives: July 2012

Use Time Limits: Samurai Time is On Your Side, Part 3

“Prepare yourself in the subject so well that it shall be always on tap: then…trust your spontaneity and fling away all further care.”” William James “A man grows most tired while standing still” Chinese Proverb ‘Deadlines and things make you … Continue reading

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Go and Let Go: Samurai Time is On Your Side, Pt. 2

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results. James Allen As I did my Nei Kung exercises in sight of the majestic peak of Mount Fuji, I had a Tom Cruise … Continue reading

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A Day at the Office: Mangakissa Samurai

Getting work done at home, with a four year old and a one year old, is a Herculean task.  They are a lot cuter and more fun than a blank page or a stack of homework to grade.  In New York, … Continue reading

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All Guitar All The Time?: Samurai Music Challenge

This article should also be called, ‘Why I should learn from four year olds and retirees.’  Here are the reasons why: They act like they have all the time in the world. They like to have fun. They don’t seem to … Continue reading

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Push, Relax, Have Fun, Repeat: How I ‘Read’ Japanese News

Here’s a quick little Samurai success formula to take on whatever you want to do or  know more about in life: Push.  Find little windows where you can push yourself to learn a little more and push.   Write down a … Continue reading

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Cut Through Indecision: Let Go and Let Samurai

“Chase two rabbits and lose them both” (nito otte itto mo ezu). This Japanese proverb is a graphic picture of the mind which is divided in its purpose, and therefore loses that which it would gain . . . In … Continue reading

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Samurai Dance

“Every day I count wasted in which there has been no dancing.”–Friedrich ‘Shake What Your Momma  Gave You’  Nietzsche I’m staying with my wife and my daughters in a a little town called Yui.  It’s famous for it’s Sakura ebi … Continue reading

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The Importance of Browsing: Samurai Browser

Now that I am in Japan for the summer, I find myself browsing a lot.   In the mornings, I go to write at a manga cafe where I can have some semi-privacy.   When I goof off, I browse through the … Continue reading

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Life is an SRS: Create your Learning Environment

One of the more fun lessons I’ve gotten from ajatt and other sources is that you become what you surround yourself with.   If you want to learn Japanese, surround yourself with Japanese people, music, and experiences.   Maybe it works for … Continue reading

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Take Advantage of Sleepless Moments: Tales of the Jetlag Samurai

Jetlag can be a drag, but there are its advantages.   This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m and walked out to the rising sun.   After purchasing a canned espresso drink from the local vending machine (they are everywhere!), I … Continue reading

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