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It's JLPT season again and the 500 yen application forms are being sold at bookstores across Japan. Sean kindly brought home two this week - one for him and one for me. He sent his off the other day but mine is still on the table; unopened, untouched. When I passed the Level 4 exam

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Criteria

I find that the definition of a bad day varies depending on where you live. For example, I grew up in Bumblefork, Florida, where a bad day involved: Getting sideswiped by a senior citizen whose drivers' license should have been revoked ten years ago Getting heckled by a Joe Dirt-type individual Discovering that no less

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Uphill

Because it's summer vacation and there is no school the next day, the nights are for fun. Movies. Drinks. Long ambling walks. Dinners at previously unexplored places. I, personally, favor uphill bike rides to meet friends at an izakaya for some midnight socializing. Because it's 35 degrees, an ice cream cone from the conbini sounds

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My Obsessions

I saw Kung Fu Panda last night - perhaps the first movie I've seen in Japan that actually felt worth the 1800 yen ticket. I left the theater energized, hungry for dumplings and, as always, in awe of Jack Black's awesomeness. I fear that a desire for dumplings will grip me as did the desire

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