Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sensei Wields the Sword of the Samurai- on Ouiser

And cut me to the quick. For the last 8 months, Sensei has attempted with no results to teach me the building blocks of the Japanese phonics- the 46 Hiragana characters. I have resolutely and with great success blocked her … Continue reading

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What a Doll!- Hinamatsuri

Beginning February, and ending on March 3rd with Girl’s day, is Hinamatsuri¬†– the Japanese Doll Festival. Japanese homes throughout Japan display elaborate dolls on red carpets depicting the Emperor, Empress and Court Attendants from the Heian period. Unlike the Chistmas … Continue reading

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The Melter- You Just Made a Mistake- Culture Lesson #11

Today I found myself the regrettable but most certainly deserving recipient of most noxious and withering look, the kind of which stops all life related activity dead in its tracks- I call it the Melter. So named because of the … Continue reading

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Miss Hathoway- Take A Memo

MEMO TO: Readers FROM: Ouiser-san SUBJECT: Action Items, Follow-up, and Blatant Lies Date: Right Now As a result of last week’s postings, several items were deemed necessary for further review, discussion or action. Those items are outlined below: Action Items: … Continue reading

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Ordering Food Japan Style

The day started with a threat. A certain Offspring claimed the discovery of a snowboarding sweet spot currently off-limits according to the snow patrol, while mysterious evidence of recent use in the form of tracks proved otherwise. And I don’t … Continue reading

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The “M” Series: Misrepresentation or Mute

A family can move from one country to the next but one element remains consistent. The teenager that left one country is the same teenager that arrives in the next- welcome to another installment of the “M” series – so … Continue reading

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Was Ouiser’s Meltdown a Symptom of Japan’s Population Crisis?

Yesterday I dug out real clothes to meet my friend Yorkie at Inner Noodle. I had big, dramatic hair and make up fully exposing my Southern roots. Tall wedges. I was towering at 6 foot 2 at least. When shopping … Continue reading

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For ME? You Shouldn’t Have…

I got an Award? WOW. Two thoughts crossed my mind upon reading the news. The first was relief that it was the “Memetastic” award, not the “Metastatic” award I first read it to be, and second it surpassed the last … Continue reading

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A Food Puzzle- And the National Snack of Japan

The Rice Ball- The national snack of Japan. Sold by the dozens in every convenience store in Japan, each costs about 120 yen- 140 or $1.20- $1.40. Crunchy sea weed surrounds sticky rice which then encapsulates a filling. The filling … Continue reading

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“We Interrupt our Usual Broadcasting to Bring You This Important Message..”

The Japan Sumo Association confirmed the cancellation of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament due to match fixing. The last time a Grand Sumo Tournament was cancelled occurred in 1946 due to damage of the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium from WWII. … Continue reading

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