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Moving

11/04/2008

The first part of my trip to Okinawa will be online very soon, but today I'll just give some news: my company is moving !

Oh, it's not going very far, we're still staying in the center of Nagoya and I'm pretty pleased with the new location. I was only ten minutes by bicycle from my workplace but from next month, it's going to be only five!

The reason is a bit sad though: my company's been having rentability problems for several months, they had to downsize and consequently the office has become way too large (and expensive). We hope to get a new start, but if things don't improve I'm afraid it won't last very long.

Besides, I have started to study Japanese again, but this time on private lessons. I have stopped improving for quite some time now and I still have trouble with advanced grammar and business Japanese.

I missed the registration to the proficiency test of december but it's not a big deal, as it is now going to be held twice a year.

Category: Chit chat

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Okinawa - Introduction

10/26/2008

It's already the end of october and temperatures have dropped. Last year at the same period, I spent my last ten days of vacations visiting the Ryukyu archipelago, more commonly known as Okinawa...

Categories: Travel - Okinawa

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Ogimachi

10/12/2008

Ogimachi

There is a very charming place not too far from Nagoya, which I only discovered last week. In a country where everything is new and shiny, where modern urbanism is tasteless, charming places with character are rare. Ogimachi village, north of Nagoya in Gifu area, is one of them...

Category: Travel

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Anti-tobacco policy

09/28/2008

Anti-tobacco policy

Culturally speaking, Japan is by most aspects the opposite of France and this also goes for the anti-tobacco policy. In France, smoking is forbidden in inside areas but allowed outside, whereas Japan does it almost the opposite way...

Category: Everyday life

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花火, Japanese fireworks

09/14/2008

花火, Japanese fireworks

Today, let's talk about fireworks! As in most countries, they are very popular in Japan but they have some specificities which I would like to introduce...

Category: Customs

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Go cart session

08/16/2008

Go cart session

Last saturday, I had a go-cart session near Nagoya. I've had quite a few in France and even one, memorable, in Cambodia, but this was my first time in Japan...

Category: Leisure

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