Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Food Peep Show

On Sunday I was wandering around Shibuya replacing all of the various computer chords and headphones Demolition Derby boy had destroyed during his ill-fated school ski trip when I happened upon a snaking line of Japanese. It appeared to lead … Continue reading

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Asking “No” Questions- How Could it be so Hard? Culture Lesson #10

It is easier to draw blood from a turnip or shake millions from the money tree than to gain a negative answer to a question from a Japanese person. When faced with unusual, off-putting and uncomfortable Ouiser questions, many of … Continue reading

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Nagano- Home to the ’98 Winter Olympics

And site of the latest injury. Just another winter for the Clampitts and our quest to ¬†establish long-term relationships with every Emergency Clinic within a 50 mile radius no matter where the global coordinates. In this case, Nagano, Japan. Home … Continue reading

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The “M” Series: Middle School, Melt Downs, Moodiness

Menopause?¬†As if moving to Japan with two kids fully infused by teenage hormones wasn’t enough. Could this explain the newly acquired hermit like habits of Spouse? A more complicated situation does come to mind. One of my sleep deprived friends … Continue reading

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“Japan in a Box” Mt. Takao

Their nickname- not mine. Apparently everything one could want on a hiking excursion one hour outside of Tokyo- all Japanese. The Social Chairman and I set out armed to the armpits, she with the file folder of maps and information … Continue reading

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Shabu Shabu- A Food Post

I love shabu shabu although I’m not sure if I like eating it as well as the motions of making it. A Japanese equivalent of the Chinese Hot Pot, this dish gets its name from the sound of the stirring … Continue reading

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God was Angry, Reached Down from Heaven, and Smote me During Mass- Moving Lesson #8

Technically the woman in front of me, but he thumped me on the side of the head and not because I happened to be in the line of fire. Much advice about moving involves activities for developing a social network. … Continue reading

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Ladies Start Your Engines- Culture Lesson #9

13 million people live in Tokyo, roughly half are women. Every week day morning, millions of these women put on a suit, make up, high heels, wrap a scarf around the neck, walk outside, and tear off to work riding … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Light Packer- A Guide

I’m a light packer. Other than a short period of time when traveling alone with two children both needing car seats, and that OTHER time (read here)I haven’t checked a bag in 16 years. Why? I’m competitive to an unhealthy … Continue reading

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The “M” Series Cont’d: Can a Mouse Save a Moody Middle Schooler? (via Hey from Japan- Notes on Moving)

My current creation is taking more time than anticipated. In the meantime, I thought I’d repost one of the family favorites some of you may have missed…. The “M” Series: Culture shock Phase 3 has set in for Offspring #1. … Continue reading

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