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An Interview in Melbourne 2

Hi Craig Thank you so much for coming in and getting to know us better. We are really happy that we had so many talented and lovely people apply.  The tricky part for Liam and I was that we only had one position available to fill at this stage. Unfortunately we have offered that position ...

The End and Fuji 26

I’m afraid to say that this will be my last entry. I’ll leave Japan in about ten hours and will probably not be returning for a long time. Therefore, I think it’s only fitting that I put an end to the past four years of escalating pessimism whilst I am still in the country. I ...

Stigmatic Risks 3

I got my tattoo done last Saturday in some trendy area a few minutes walk from Shibuya station. I just searched for anything recommended and stumbled across this place. The parlour has two Japanese tattoo artists and a guy from Venezuela who is being trained. He speaks fluent English if you’re interested in going and ...

Pond Bag 1

I’m staying in an area of Tokyo called Ikebukuro because it has cheap hotels and it’s quite convenient. It has a bit of a seedy area in the evening but it’s Japan so it’s basically nothing but a few stupid looking men trying to pull in customers. These men are skinny, ugly and have ridiculous ...

Last School Lunch 1

I ate school lunch every Monday-Thursday for four years. It was quite a miserable experience that I never enjoyed unless it was Japanese curry rice. Indeed, in recent years the quality of the food greatly decreased and it became more old style Japanese. There’s something quite depressing about rushing to work on an empty stomach ...

Turtle Freedom 1

Naomi and I set our turtles free last week in Kochi City. It was a very emotional experience for all involved as you can imagine. It was so sad for the turtles that they couldn’t help but shite all over my hands just before we said farewell. We set them free in a pond/moat next ...

Cheerio Tano 4

Good evening everyone. I’ve actually left Kochi forever. I was hoping to write an emotional blog entry at the start of the week but I was unbelievably busy packing and cleaning. Instead, I said my final goodbye under a flurry of sweaty last minute paperwork and bloodshot eyes through a terrible lack of sleep. I’ll ...

A Tin of Haggis 7

I survived the typhoon yesterday. It went off course just before it hit land in Kochi so it wasn’t so bad but a lot of towns were flooded. Apparently, there was 1000mm of rain yesterday which is the highest since records began. I left Umaji this morning in Naomi’s car as I had to get ...

Stumble 8

I thought it was about time I started writing a farewell speech for the schools and offices. However, I’m lazy and so I searched the internet for a basic template to work around. Sadly, I stumbled across my own bloody blog on the third page of results…  I have my official work farewell party tomorrow ...

A Tosa Wedding 6

I attended my first ever wedding a few weeks ago. It just so happened to be the marriage of my good friend Noah who used to work in Tano with me. He married a lovely Japanese woman called Ryo, who I have also known well for a few years. My pictures aren’t that great so ...