Ume Blossom

Ume Blossom
June 02
Have taken root in alien terrain. Sometimes bewildered in considering how a Midwestern farm girl ended up an urban-dwelling permanent resident of Japan. Delighted by a chance to thrive in different climes!

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MARCH 18, 2011 8:08PM

Japan--Which Disaster to Focus On

Japan—Which Disaster to Focus On

Displaced people in gym 

In the last few days, when I turn on the overseas news programs available here in Japan (CNN, MSNBC, FOX), what I see is a lot of panic over the Fukushima power plant situation.  The humanitarian disaster in the wake of the incredibly/… Read full post »

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MARCH 15, 2011 4:10AM

Watching the destruction when Japan is "home"

Watching the Destruction, When Japan is “Home”


Tonight I feel almost unbearably sad.  The post-tsunami photos I saw an hour ago on the internet from Western news sources showed bodies: Japanese children and adults,  small hands and feet emerging from the rubble.

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AUGUST 29, 2010 9:14AM

Kill it!--It has FANGS!

Kill it!---It has fangs!

Bluer Racer 3

Facebook has the fascinating function of revealing deep personal and cultural attitudes in just a few words.  Sometimes, what other Americans probably consider sweet and innocuous status updates rattle me to the core. 

A few days ago I read a… Read full post »

Shall we Dance?  An Excellent Japanese film lost in Hollywood’s translation


In keeping with my tendency to come up with great comebacks to provocative comments two or three days after the relevant conversation, this piece is about a decade (or decade and a half) out ofRead full post »

Lying down the law: whose watching there grammar?

Rantings of a pedant


grammar police


If doctors make the worst patients, and chefs the worst dinner guests, perhaps it would be natural for English teachers to be the least forgiving of recreational readers.  I spend my working days… Read full post »

Remembering with falling cherry blossoms


fallen blossoms








Hours after coming home, I woke from my late afternoon nap to the smell of incense in my hair, and the memory of Buddhist funereal chants ringing in my dreams. Was it from the incense… Read full post »