Okay, I have internet finally, but it’s late and I can’t write much. So I’ll make this brief.

  1. One of my junior high second-year kids made this Ultraman-style bracelet and made me wear it all class. It was kind of fun.
  2. I will never be able to escape this movie, even five years after I worked on it.
  3. Japanese people are cannibals.
  4. Japanese teachers are clinically insane.
  5. Dance Dance Revolution exists nowhere in Japan anymore. When I ask the kids about it, they look at me like I’m asking where the nearest Pac-Man arcade machine is.
  6. And yet, Dragon Ball Z is still inexplicably popular. This anime was old when I was watching it, when I was in junior high school. I don’t get it.
  7. Lilo and Stitch is crazy popular here. Huge crowds of high school boys have pink Stitch dolls attached to their backpacks.
  8. I made this neat map to help my students practice giving directions. For those wondering, Danro means “fireplace” in Japanese, so the “Danro” line means the fireplace line, or rather, teleporting from fireplace to fireplace. The Burrow is the name of the Weasleys’ house, and the small numbers by the rail lines are the platform numbers. I know 9 3/4 is correct for King’s Cross outbound, but I made up 2 4/5 for inbound. Also, I think they got to the Shrieking Shack through the whomping willow, which is off from Hogwarts, but I’ll let that slide.
  9. This is awesome.
  10. As is this.