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To Be or Not to Be….That Is The Question

To Be or Not to Be? The question on the mind of the Ouisar-san. Now posted to you. Some of you have expressed delight concern as to where I`ve been. Not only have I not been aggravating readers who happen … Continue reading

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Even the Japanese are Excited About Bama!

Well football fans, the Tide is going to the National Championship. Again. Only diamond ear rings the size of my eyeballs would get me more excited. Alabama has rabid fans everywhere. And no one, nowhere, nohow, can out cheer  the … Continue reading

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Just How Rude are You? The Chopstick Test

As if the Offspring didn`t cause enough raised eyebrows at home with their barn like behavior at the trough supper table, now the Japanese we encounter while dining have concluded somewhere hidden underneath those clothes is a curly tail. Amidst … Continue reading

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Miyajima- The Jewel on My UNESCO Hit List

Life is not a race. Unless you`re a Clampitt. Then what`s not a race is a competition. If there are no competitors, go up against yourself. I usually take on the inner voice that provides unwelcome running commentary on the … Continue reading

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The Best Ramen- A Quest for the Holy Grail of Noodles

Many of you know of my singular and all-encompassing love of the ramen noodle. In particular, the spicy version known in Japan as “Tantanmen.” Slurping, sloshing and spraying this delectable carb on other patrons at the ramen bar is an … Continue reading

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Japanese Name Calling- Not Appropriate for Children and Teenagers

Tengu. Oh-and  it`s nasty. Use it carefully. Don`t tell I taught you or I`ll call you a liar. After reading this, you will shiver with delight every time you shout it at your worst arch-enemy from behind the locked sound … Continue reading

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“What`s Your Type?”

“What`s your sign?” The ultimate conversation starter lost with the demise of the horoscope in the 70`s. Perhaps it got tangled up with disco. Whatever the reason,  I stopped looking for a Leo soul mate and that groovy Sagittarius embroidered … Continue reading

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