Tag Archives: Japanese

Taking Time for Tea

  When I lived in Japan, one of my students was a rather revered master of the tea ceremony.  On one occasion, my roommate and I were invited by her to participate in one.  It is highly ritualistic and at times beautiful.  It … Continue reading

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Comfort Food

  If you’re still following your New Year’s Diet, look away….run away…close this browser…but make sure you come back later.  When?  Later.  When you are full.  When the diet thing is done.  Later.   For those of you that have … Continue reading

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The Sound of Snow Falling

Today had two Perfect Moments. The first was the early morning snowfall. I was out of the house before the sun had cleared the horizon.  It was a short walk to my bus stop, but it was a quiet one.  … Continue reading

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…And There’s More Chocolate

I must be putting out the positive vibes. That is the conclusion I have come to.  After publishing my post about students giving me chocolate, another student brought me chocolate today.  This time it was my all time favourite Japanese … Continue reading

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Chocolate for the Teacher

I might not have liked many of my teachers growing up.  I might not have wanted to become a teacher.  In fact, I might have expended a lot of energy trying to avoid it entirely.  The truth is, I am … Continue reading

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The Right Way to Eat a Kit Kat?

I don’t know if it is because of the people I work with or the fact that they are ESL teachers, but we can find ourselves in a whole bunch of debates. The topics of these debates range from the … Continue reading

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A Momentary Reverie

Perhaps it is no coincidence that Proust started his famous work with a memory triggered by the aroma of fresh baked bread. (I could be mistaken because, despite my literary bent, I have not tackled the book yet. I am … Continue reading

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Tonkatsu

Today’s Perfect Moment is simply tonkatsu.  There’s a lot of great Japanese food out there.  I could have picked many other’s to talk about.  What you should know is that the presentation of this meal was much better than it … Continue reading

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Wonderful Japanese Chocolate Moment

Today’s Perfect Moment is a no-brainer for me. The only concern I had was whether it was going to be Friday’s Perfect Moment or Saturday’s Perfect Moment. On Friday, one of my students brought me a box….container….package of Japanese chocolates. … Continue reading

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To Old Friendships Rekindled

Since late last year an interesting (and positive) phenomenon has been happing to me.  People who I haven’t connected with in a long time have sought me out and either contacted me or arranged to meet me. In some cases … Continue reading

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