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Kanji For Life


How do you say Life in Japanese? It is easy, sei katsu | セイカツ | 生活 =


Okay so here is the deal. This is the kanji for life: 生. It’s a very pretty character and something that obviously reappears a lot in the Japanese language. I am really committed to learning this language, but it takes a lot of effort and even a couple good wake up calls. I got to thinking, what is the best way to get a hold of this Japanese Monster, in a manner that is convenient and efficient (especially for busy Dads). I came up with the not so novel idea of starting a new blog. This site will basically serve as my own personal dictionary, which I can cater just to my liking.

I’ve learned that the best way to study sometimes, is to just teach it for yourself (I am practically the smartest person I know with respect to the customs of Americans’ eating habits, shoe permitted buildings, baseball teams, and idiosyncrasies of the spoken dialect. This is probably due to the fact that I live in Japan and no one here is American, but I digress.) So in any case, it is easy to see that Japanese is going to be with me For Life.

Now on to today’s lesson. Continue reading

Seems Like Yesterday

I’m so full
Originally uploaded by amontice.

Feeling rather nostalgic today, and wanted to post a little bit about the past 11 months and how that have flown by. This picture was taken about 10 months ago, when Kai was just 4 weeks old. Hard to believe he has turned into such a rockstar, so quick.

Becoming a parent has been the most difficult and rewarding thing I have ever done yet (and probably will ever do). Aya and I know we are still rather young, and there is a lot we need to learn yet, but getting to where we are now, would have been impossible had it not been for everyones loving assistance.

Honestly I think we have bought 3 pieces of clothing for Kai, and yet we have more clothes than we know what to do with. Presents and toys are one thing, but kind words and strong friendships is another thing entirely. These are the real gifts that we have received, so for all that was done we would like to say, “Domo Arigato Gozaimus.” As for the Kai man, he would gladly offer you some of his mashed potatoes if you were here. Continue reading