Chow Chow

"It is my meaning," announced Bogey this morning, "to turn your Japanese speaking into true Kansai-ben!" Bogey is my highest level student. We have had classes together for months but only recently has he caught on that I am studying Japanese with some success. My lust to learn creates a whiff around me and I

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Mukatsuku and Haiku, Too

Yesterday, at the end of Japanese class, Himalaya-sensei slid a sheet of paper across the folding table. I narrowed my eyes at it but it didn't help me read it any faster. "Last year ... class ... one year ...." I mumbled, passing my fingertips over the text. Himalaya-sensei came to the rescue; it was

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