tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-239069332016-12-09T08:22:34.179-06:00Keeping Pace in JapanTurnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.comBlogger620125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-32029914379660485722014-09-09T17:35:00.003-05:002014-09-09T17:35:58.358-05:00Dare I go back to Japan? I've been offered a teaching position in Gunma Prefecture northwest of Tokyo and am considering taking it. Japan has loomed so large on my mind for years, and it seems like a good opportunity. Gone are the days when you can be sure of getting a job abroad simply for being foreign or racking up thousands of dollars each month for private lessons. I guess to answer the question of whether I Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-76147542116022332702014-04-28T00:54:00.001-05:002014-04-28T00:55:18.210-05:00Still AroundAlthough I haven't had Japan on the brain for some time, I haven't ruled out picking up this blog again. I still follow Japanese news stories. Something may peak. Stay tuned. Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-51620315736949042922013-01-09T02:02:00.002-06:002013-01-09T02:02:54.267-06:00I'm Considering ItI am considering coming back to Japan. It's been on my mind so often these past few years I don't think there's anything else for it. Will keep everyone informed. Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-8492069621657312782013-01-09T02:01:00.000-06:002013-01-09T12:15:07.500-06:00The Ginger Tree"…I am not a full-blown teacher shaping the destinies of young Japanese boys and girls; far from it, just a sort of special tutor for the backward ones who are too stupid to be affected in moral matters, or really anything else, by their instructor. I discovered after I had taken it [English teaching] on that I am doing a job for which no one else could be found, and one of the many things that Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-28025290849393388562012-07-18T12:44:00.001-05:002015-08-06T12:09:29.703-05:00Reasons the World Would be a Worse Place if Japan Ruled the EarthI finally have some time on my hands now that I'm back in Austin for the summer, so I thought I'd deliver a slightly tongue-in-cheek response to the article 10 Reasons the World Would be a Better Place if Japan Ruled the Earth. Again, this is for the sake of being a contrarian; I actually happen to think the original article was pretty spot-on, but there are definitely things with which I would Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-31387011415915192722012-07-10T14:56:00.001-05:002012-07-10T14:56:30.719-05:00Volunteering in the PhilippinesAs many readers are aware, a few months after the earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region of Japan, I volunteered to assist with cleanup efforts in Ofunato with All Hands, one of the few foreign-run organizations to make it past the Japanese bureaucracy. It was a remarkable experience, seeing the kind of people who dedicate a huge part of their lives to helping others in need, one I hope Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-63090167122037294702012-07-08T20:44:00.000-05:002012-07-08T20:55:51.870-05:00Bullying in Japan and the USFinally, a new vlog. I have other entries in the works as well. Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-15042145888428500052012-04-23T11:29:00.001-05:002012-04-23T11:31:08.501-05:00Volunteering in Ofunato, JapanI finally have my performance from Hostelling International's Travel Tavern: Stories from the Road, hosted in San Francisco. This is more or less the same story I posted on volunteering in Ofunato a while back, but with a few added details. My thanks to All Hands for the opportunity. Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-38716844128530027342012-03-10T23:54:00.000-06:002012-03-10T23:54:59.812-06:00Volunteering in the TohokuExactly one year since the earthquake struck, causing the tsunami that killed so many thousands of Japanese in the Tohoku region. I've finally finished the story on volunteering in Ofunato over at Once A Traveler. If you want to share your story, use the tag #311memory on Twitter.Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-62158908011092648302012-02-01T13:19:00.003-06:002012-02-01T13:20:15.111-06:00I Do Miss Japan Four years ago I was doing pretty much the same thing I am now: staring at my computer screen and contemplating life abroad. The difference is, I was fresh from wrist surgery at Imakiire Hospital in Kagoshima, having shattered my distal radius in December 2007. How could I possibly feel nostalgic for such a time, when I was facing my own mortality for the first time ever...? That cycling Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-26740372510748046992012-01-23T12:59:00.000-06:002012-01-23T12:59:08.560-06:00Loco in YokohamaI've stumbled upon another Japanese blogs my readers might enjoy. This guy started blogging a few months after I had left Kagoshima, so I'm sorry to say I missed out on his first entries. Nevertheless, he now has a book out on his experiences in Japan and NYC. I'm about halfway through it but so far it speaks to me. Loco in YokohamaTurnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-54134306482530566672012-01-20T13:08:00.000-06:002012-01-20T13:08:37.998-06:00Japanese Immigration: Gulag for GaijinOk, I lied. I just had to spread the word of this story about a Canadian resident of Japan who was detained, cheated, and deported once I read it. I wonder if I could have faced this situation when I volunteered in the Tohoku. Check it out. “Do you see this gun?” he said in Japanese, turning around to show me a weapon in its holster. “I have the legal authority to use this if you refuse to get Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-9264671000834512342012-01-09T03:45:00.002-06:002012-01-09T03:45:50.239-06:00Never Say NeverI know, I haven't updated in quite a while. I hesitate to say this blog may be dying. I can only promise I'll post ideas as I get them. Currently in San Francisco eating sushi and looking for jobs.Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-57087676074955762202011-05-25T21:58:00.000-05:002011-05-25T21:58:55.035-05:00Tsunami Cleanup in the Tohoku, JapanPictures of my time in Ofunato with All Hands Volunteers. Story to follow: Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-75680045154155687272011-04-23T09:48:00.002-05:002011-04-23T09:59:56.619-05:00Volunteering in the TohokuI had just finalized my ferry schedule from Korea to Japan when I got word that I had been accepted to volunteer with cleanup and rebuilding efforts in the Tohoku region with All Hands Volunteers. There are few volunteer organizations operating in Japan right now, and I feel fortunate they accepted me for only a week. Where will I be? Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture What will I be doing? Cleanup Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-71534225314029629402011-04-10T01:34:00.000-05:002013-08-13T22:30:53.724-05:00Why I'm Going to Japan, and Why I Might Not HaveI'm not afraid, and I'm not ignorant. I know I'm not going to get lethally irradiated and die from spending a week in Japan. By the same token, I know there are still risks involved being in close proximity to a damaged nuclear reactor. I know the country has not completely recovered, economically or emotionally. I know there are some people who haven't had their livelihood affected in the Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-84559718399558785672011-03-31T10:09:00.000-05:002011-03-31T10:09:23.837-05:00Tripbase Awards 2011www.Tripbase.com I don't know exactly why this blog was nominated for another Tripbase award, as I haven't been updating it often at all... perhaps for my previous work? In any case, I received this email recently: I am pleased to inform you that your site has been chosen to receive a Tripbase 2011 Blog Award. This year our panel of judges reviewed hundreds of sites from across the Internet Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-78042940954960873702011-03-13T10:54:00.000-05:002011-03-13T10:54:47.534-05:00Earthquake, TsunamiObviously there's very little I can add to what you've already seen and heard. My thoughts are with everyone in the Tōhoku region.Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-32466613035108033202010-12-05T08:30:00.002-06:002010-12-05T08:30:39.785-06:00If it wasn't obvious before...I need a break from blogging for a while. I have wanted to post the Japanese reactions to the attack on South Korea and its relations with China, but there's been so much information coming in I just can't keep up. I'll still be around, but don't expect too much.Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-54762975388034676882010-11-07T08:18:00.013-06:002010-11-07T11:35:31.705-06:00I Want to Teach English in South KoreaMy own contribution to the xtranormal universe (prompted by this one on being a travel writer). I didn't make one on Japan because I honestly couldn't think of as many harsh things to say about the ESL system - if anyone comes up with a good one, send it my way.Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-28916722089688019192010-11-06T22:29:00.003-05:002010-11-06T22:33:01.205-05:00Best Method of Transportation Between Japan and China?A friend just forwarded this to me and I thought it was pretty funny. A cheap laugh, but still.1. Go to Google Maps 2. Click on "get directions" 3. Put Japan as the starting location .4. Put China as the destination 5. Scroll down to line #43 6. Laugh at the absurdity of it allTurnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-86385665594108506192010-10-13T10:26:00.000-05:002010-10-13T11:17:04.368-05:00Green Tea With SugarAn interesting lecture on the science of choice. Opens with an anecdote on Japan. Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-56289643700347041832010-10-12T08:14:00.004-05:002010-10-12T08:50:08.594-05:00Do I Generalize Japanese?I'm exploring this topic the best way I know how, which is simply to sit and type until I reach some kind of revelation... or just leave a series of questions in my wake. Recently, a friend of mine told me she found my travel writing incredibly offensive, if not downright racist. I couldn't understand where she was coming from, and kept prying until she said she thought I generalized an entire Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-34859789635412272672010-10-06T14:05:00.006-05:002010-10-08T01:45:57.936-05:00Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and KoreaI'm sitting at one of Fukuoka city's famous yatai: a food stall lining the river, usually stocking fresh ramen or sushi. This time, as I perch myself on one of the red stools and start slurping loud enough to attract the attention of Japanese, it's as though I'm settling into a warm bath. With Japanese signs around me, Japanese speakers chattering away, and the local food settling in my stomachTurnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-6508931325700367252010-10-03T12:21:00.006-05:002010-10-03T12:32:42.269-05:00Try Hakone: There is more to Japan than Tokyo and KyotoI began my morning at the same time one would expect a Tokyo salaryman to rise. But he would gaze upon grey buildings and the same morning commuters ambling to Shinjuku Station, whereas I was surrounded by mist and fog. Far from Tokyo. From any large group of Japanese. There had been only one option to sleep as I stumbled down Subashiri Trail, using only the moonlight to guide me, and that Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.com5