In English

Language and athletes: Should Naomi Osaka have to respond to questions in Japanese?

One controversy that arose amid the otherwise uplifting news cycle regarding Naomi Osaka’s recent championship run was that the dual-national tennis star was asked to answer a question in Japanese by multiple Japanese reporters during her …

HuffPost TCK piece: My thoughts and reflections

Rarely do I come across an article that strikes such a deep chord with me, or a writer whose life story so closely mirrors mine. Ms. Miki Naganuma’s piece on her experiences and identity as a third culture kid evoked many feelings and memo…

A Commentary on Osako Hanpa Naitte

Introduction When Yuya Osako headed in the go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute of Japan’s World Cup opener against Colombia this past June, few would have imagined that hanpa naitte, the phrase associated with the wiry striker, would catch on…

My experience at the 2018 Japan Writers Conference

Last weekend (October 13-14), I attended the 2018 Japan Writers Conference, which was held at the Otaru University of Commerce in Otaru, Hokkaido. Below is a summary of my experience at the event. The reason I decided to attend this annual…

Bio 143

(Note: This is the English version of my account of the events leading up to my hiring as a translator, which I previously posted in Japanese. It is not a translation of the Japanese piece, however.) My favorite course of all in college wa…

Kaede

(Note: Earlier this year, I shared on twitter my self-arranged cover of a well-known Japanese pop song on the 20th anniversary of its release. Though it may be unrelated to the theme of this blog, the recording carries a special meaning in…

Homecoming: An afternoon in Zushi

The sun lays down inside the ocean I'm right where I belong Feel the air, the salts on my skin The future's coming on And after living through these wild years And coming out alive I just want to lay my head here And stop running for a whi…

An oasis found: My sojourn in Baja California

Of all my travels over the years, no destination has matched the Baja California Desert in Mexico, which I visited in 2004, in terms of the sheer beauty of the land—pristine sandy beaches hugging a rugged, uninhabited (sorry bighorn sheep,…