Archive for January, 2008

Podcast Alert

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 by Steph

I’ve been working with the PodAsia travel podcast for a few months now, and my first show of the year is up! Check out Episode #85 on summer travels in Hokkaido in Northern

Japan. PodAsia downloads are available for free through itunes or directly from the site at

Can You Handel It

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 by Steph

If you live in Japan and are employed in any capacity or belong to any social groups, you will most likely spend your entire December floating from one bounenkai to another. These “forget the year” parties mostly consist of sitting in a big tatami room, flitting from table to table and filling up people’s glasses with alcohol. I was thrilled when my adult English conversation class deviated from this time-honored standard and set up a night of karaoke instead.