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What I Have Learned About Announcing Soccer

The past few seasons of announcing men’s and women’s collegiate soccer have been a joyous ride, and every year I learn something new.


October 24, 2019 0
Gras, Allo, Yang, Hatchi, Robby, Ikku

A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Getting Started

On its surface, the gag anime RobiHachi [ロビハチ] directed by Shinji Takamatsu is filled with contemporary and pop cultural references. But the story and characters are inspired from a book series titled Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige written by Jippensha Ikku and published during the late Edo Period.


May 13, 2019 0

Made in Japan: Kanjinchō (The Subscription List)

I found a terrific video of a live kabuki performance of Kanjinchō 勧進帳 (The Subscription List),  which is a favorite of yours truly. The play is listed among the 18 Famous Kabuki Plays (歌舞伎十八番) in the kabuki repertoire and still hugely popular to this day. The leading character is a fierce warrior named Benkei, regarded an exemplar…
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September 25, 2018 0

Made in America: Hey, How Are You Doing?

That breezy little greeting still gives me pause. During the fleeting seconds after hearing it, my mind races to come up with an answer. So why do I struggle over this simple conversation starter? The answer reveals much about the difference between American and Japanese communications.


September 9, 2018 0
Map of Edo showing Kaneiji Temple

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Making a Map and Banners for the Battle of Ueno

Credit: sabakuINK CC BY-SA 4.0  Source: C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley   Episode 12 (13AUG) of Blood and Tears includes a map detailing troop movements during the Battle of Ueno. This graphic started with a woodblock print of Edo published in 1858—part of the Japanese Historical Map Collection housed at the…
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August 28, 2018 0
American Pastime

Made in America: Working in the film “American Pastime”

(Originally published in my blog, The Sporkball Journals, on July 20, 2008.) There is no small irony in the fact I now live just a 2-hour drive away from where my Grandparents, Father and Aunts were once imprisoned. On the other hand, you could call it a kind of fate


August 25, 2018 0
Yabaonna

Behind the Story of “Blood and Tears” – Yaba Onna

In Episode 2, Usaburo informs O-Bun that a yaba onna is not the type service worker she had in mind. yaba = archery range onna = woman


June 12, 2018 0
sleeping dogs

Enteric Dialysis for Pets with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Enteric dialysis is an emerging therapy prescribed for pets, usually dogs and cats, suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD).


February 2, 2017 0
Dontsuu Hyper-Road entrance

A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 12

Robby, Hatchi, and Ikku find themselves cornered by Yang and the Lunar Guard. Their only chance for escape is via a secret hyper-road that leads back to Earth.


September 2, 2019 0

A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 11

At long last, Robby, Hatchi, and Ikku reach the planet Isekander. Following the TripSunvisor recommendations, Robby prepares to visit the shrine.


August 26, 2019 0
Robby, Hatchi

A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 10

As they approach the Isekander Checkpoint, Robby and Hatchi get into an argument that escalates into into a full-blown turf war aboard the Nagaya Voyager.


August 19, 2019 0

A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 9

The Nagaya Voyager stops at Yokkamarché, where they meet the engineer who built Hizakuriger, Nagaya Yoyager, and Ikku.


August 12, 2019 0
Hiroshi, Hatchi, Ikku, Robby

A Viewer’s Guide to RobiHachi: Episode 8

Robby, Hatchi, and Ikku accidentally land on Mulberry 8, where all the residents are robots. Hizakuriger and Yang get embroiled in a mecha battle.


August 5, 2019 0