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Enable Japanese to English Dictionary in iOS

Right after figuring out how to enable the built in Japanese to English dictionary in OSX a friend was like “Awesome! Now they just need it for iOS” to which I thought, hmm, I wonder.

A few clicks later and BAM! Same feature is in iOS

First select a word and pick “Define”.

Select a word and pick Define

Now pick …

Turn on the built in Japanese/English Dictionary in OSX

I recently read this article about just how awesome the Webster’s dictionary is compared to other dictionaries.. I highly recommend it.

After reading that I installed that dictionary in OSX. Then a few days later I needed to look up a Japanese word. I usually go to WWWJDIC to look things up but it’s annoying …

Cultural Differences

One of the things you learn from living abroad is just how many things you assume are natural that actually aren’t.

Work/Family:

I probably have this one a little wrong but in the states it’s generally considered family comes first. Many things follow from that. For example, generally when there is a company Holiday party …

Why Japanese is Hard to Learn

This is mostly in response to the English is Hard to Learn meme

One of the first words you learn when studying Japanese is “iku” (行く)The word “to go”. So, given that it’s spelled

行 i
く   ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

行      ___
実行 ji___
行う ___u
膝行 i____
売れ行き …

emoji (絵文字) Picture Characters

Emoji (pronounced eh-moh-jee) are iconic characters first introduced in Japanese cell phones in the early 2000s. At first different carriers each made up their own set of icons. NTT started off with a few. Then if I remember correctly J-Phone added many more than NTT to try to entice users to their system. Japanese, especially …

Void Metabolism

I don’t quite even get what that title means but it was all over an exhibit I saw at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.

I’m not 100% sure what the exhibit’s point was but there were several parts. The first was a very large screen with video projected showing some part of Tokyo …

Robot Restaurant

When I visited Japan in November 2012 the first things one of my friends asked me was “Hey Gman, are you going to visit the Robot Restaurant?” I was like “Wat? What’s that?” They just said go check it out so … I did

First off Tokyo has a bunch of themed restaurants. Some of …

What's up with the small backpacks?

Remember in the mid to late 90s when small backpacks were all the rage for women? Well, now they are all the rage for men in Japan apparently.

Honestly I don’t know how popular they are but shopping around Tokyo in 2012 every men’s store seemed to have tons of them. The crazy thing to …

Men's Coin Purses? Yes Please!

I have no idea why but for some reason there are no men’s coin purses in the USA or at least on San Francisco. Go to Macy’s or Nordstrom’s or Bloomingdale’s and you won’t find a single one. This is despite the fact that they carry many of the same brands of clothing and accessories …

Where's the Shoes?

Where are the shoes? I should have taken more pictures but when I visit Japan my consumerism is on full impulse power and I’m especially jealous of all the cool shoes available to Japanese men.



I didn’t take nearly enough pictures to show the variety but here’s a few casual ones.




Here’s a few less …

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