Japan Daily #9: Banal Comparisons Between Japan And The UK

Now playing: John Carpenter – Last Sunrise Here are some banal differences between the UK and Japan. British celebrations with fireworks are always in autumn and winter. In Japan they’re in the summer. In London people stand on the right side of escalators and walk on the left. In Japan it’s the opposite, except in…

Japan Daily #8: The Beautiful Game Returns To Japan

Now playing: Naoki Kenji – Tsunami Japan followed a host of European countries last weekend in resuming professional football across the country. I’m actually a little surprised it took as long as it did — compared to Europe, especially the UK, the COVID-19 numbers in Japan are actually looking pretty good. Games are being held…

Japan Daily #7: Neverending Summer

Now playing: TUBE – もう負けないよ Time for another little update. What’s new? I had my first (caffeinated) cup of coffee in two weeks today and it felt like drinking it for the first time. Drugs definitely have dimishing returns if you use them every day, but caffeine’s a bit different: it only takes 9-14 days…

Japan Daily #6: Fitness Tracker

Now playing: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud I was too lazy to update for the past few days but I’m doing one today. Something new I’ve been doing recently is tracking how quickly I’m losing weight. I did a bit of data viz in my last job so I decided to waste a bit…

Japan Daily #5: Cycling On The Outskirts

Now playing: Koan – Fighting With Unchegila Just got back from work and I’m back again for another not-quite-daily update. How’s it going? Lately I’ve been slowly getting fitter. This was prompted more by getting alopecia areata than anything else (don’t wanna be short, bald AND fat but two out of three ain’t bad) and…

Japan Daily #4: Eddie Colston’s Wet And Wild Avon Adventure

Now playing: Erik Wøllo – Airborne 2 Update 4 in my daily blog from Japan! Hopefully as I write more of these my writing will improve — I haven’t really written anything besides tweets and work emails since university. It’s about time I got some practice. I’ve been following the ‘debate’ in the UK about…

Japan Daily #3: Language Learning

Now playing: musicForProgramming #22 Day three in my quest to write something on this blog every day. Let’s go. I thought I’d write a bit about my experience so far learning the Japanese language. The way I study has been quite uneven since I started a few years back — the fact that I can’t…

Japan Daily #2: Apollo

Now playing: Enjoy Music Club – いいトゥモロー Part 2 in my daily blog. Coming at you live from Japan. What’s up? It’s day 2 of my attempt to quit caffeine and so far, so good. I’ve always thought the second day of any ordeal is the hardest (that’s why this post sucks), but according to…

Japan Daily #1: First Post!

Now playing: Magic System – Ma Mélodie I’m going to start writing short daily updates at the end of each day — a sort of record of what I’m up to in Japan or elsewhere, and whatever comes into my head. I set a limit of 15 minutes writing time so that I don’t get…

New site

I made a new website! At the moment there’s not a lot of content, but let’s see what happens. In the meantime if you want to get in touch, feel free to send me an email at the address in the top menu.