International Cafe Opens near Hadano

International Cafe Opens near Hadano

Doutor Opens its first English only International Cafe in Japan on Shonan Campus of Tokai University. You can speak Japanese there, but the staff must answer in English. Also, it is actually in Hiratsuka, but Tokai Shonan Campus is right on the border of Hadano and Hiratsuka. You can get there of course from Tokaidaigakumae Station on the Odakyu Line.

I have been training the staff for the past couple of months, along with Aaran Stewart, a fellow Tokai teacher.

The first English only Doutor Coffee Shop will open tomorrow September 16th, 2015 at Shonan Campus. Over 20,000 students as well as 1,000 teachers come to this campus of Tokai every week.

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(I like his 5th Conversation especially about the foreigners who live in Japan and don`t like anyone criticizing Japan. To my mind,
if I live somewhere, that entitles me to voice my opinion about that place, whether it be good or bad. I think we are all citizens of the world and do not have to like everything about a place, be it Japan, Canada or wherever. These foreigners who get angry with other foreigners for complaining about Japan or an aspect of Japan, I call them Japan Apologists, because they are not willing to see things in a neutral light and have to look at Japan through rose coloured glasses,….. OR ELSE! – Editor of The Minamiashigaran)

Now onto Carrigans article!


Next month it will be 9 years since I first moved to Tokyo and over the course of those 9 years I’ve met a lot of great people. I’ve also met some truly awful people and also probably more than my fair share of people I wish I had never met.

However, for budding amateur psychologists such as myself, the chance to meet and to learn from new people is always fascinating.

As in any kind of experiment, be it social or scientific, I have noticed various repeating patterns. In this context I am referring to those conversations we find ourselves having over and over again, and the types of people we continually encounter. Of course, generalizing people can be dangerous, however I think most of you who have been in Japan for any length of time will have encountered the types of people.

From my own experience, here are some of the most common scenarios, conversations and people I have encountered and I how I chose to deal with them. You may of course totally disagree with what I say here, but in the end debate is healthy, and hopefully we can provoke some discussion today. Read More

Attempted Robbery at Iizawa`s Lawson Convenience Store

Minamiashigarashi, Kanagawa

There was an attempted Robbery at Iizawa`s Lawson Convenience Store on Wednesday, August 19th.

The police had the whole parking lot cordoned off. The suspect was running around the neighbourhood with a knife and the police finally caught him. Scary! This occurred
near my house!


Ryokuin Clinic in Minamiashigarashi

Ryokuin Clinic in Minamiashigarashi

I go to this clinic for general medical problems, and I think the wife is a fantastic doctor. She is like a Canadian doctor in that she takes time to talk with you and explain things and make sure you understand. I always converse with her in Japanese. I don`t think the staff speaks much English.

But if you speak Japanese well enough to understand simple explanations about the medicine she gives you or what she thinks is best, I recommend this clinic.

Like most clinics in Japan, they don`t take reservations. But I recommend the wife for her skills as a physician.

〒250-0117 神奈川県南足柄市 塚原 4350-1
 TEL・0465-73-3470  FAX・0465-73-2740

受付時間 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
9:30~12:30 / ● ● ● ● ● /
14:30~17:30 / ● ● ● ● ● /

See their Homepage for more information.


A Dermatologist in Minamiashigara City

A Dermatologist in Minamiashigara City

Kumazawa Dermatology Clinic Tel 050-3774-6600

Sekimoto 830-1-2

Postal Code: 250-0105 (kumzawa Hifuka)

〒250-0105 神奈川県南足柄市関本830-1-2
TEL 050-3774-6600(必ず050からおかけください)

I do not know if the doctors or staff speak English, but it is nice to have a dermatologist in the area.


9-6PM Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday

Open 9-13:00: Thursday and Saturday



Kumazawa Hifuka Homepage

All Night Diner 深夜食堂 貓飯

All Night Diner 深夜食堂 貓飯

I started watching All Night Diner or 深夜食堂 貓飯, to improve my Japanese.
But I continued watching it, because it was so good. It takes place in Shinjuku,
and the story is about a Master who runs an all night diner in Tokyo. The cast of
characters that come into his diner are interesting and there is often a lot of humour in
each episode (but a subtle kind of humour). I find there are often some good messages about life and love too. As well, some of the most unlikely characters end up being friends.

The Six Days in Chiba Blog discusses my favourite Japanese TV show and some other good ones that are worth watching.

Watch more Japanese movies and TV shows with English subtitles at Good Drama Net

How to lose those last 10 Pounds?

How to lose those last 10 Pounds?

Jillian Michaels says:

1.  Cut your sodium to 1,000 mg a day.
2.  Drink at least 80 ounces of water daily.
3.  Cut out processed foods.
4.  Abstain from alcohol.
5.  Train at 85 percent of your MHR (maximum heart rate) for 1 hour 5 times a week


Hakone closes hiking trails as threat of volcanic eruption grows

Hakone closes hiking trails as threat of volcanic eruption grows
NATIONAL MAY. 05, 2015


Hakone, Shizuoka

Hakone town officials have closed four hiking trails near Mount Hakone after the Japan Meteorological Agency issued an alert over increased volcanic activity.
Since the end of last month, smoke and steam have been seen rising from near Owakudani, which is popular with hikers and tourists, Fuji TV reported Monday. The meteorological agency said it has recorded more than 140 weak tremors beneath Owakudani since April 26 and issued the warning to residents in surrounding areas due to the heightened risk of sudden explosions.
Hakone town officials said Monday that the hiking trails will remain closed until the threat of danger is no longer present.
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Chatting with Kakosama the Japanese Princess

Chatting with Kakosama the Japanese Princess

Life is funny with its ups and downs. Four years ago I was wondering whether I was about to die (in the earthquake), then I was researching radiation and trying to reassure my friends, family and myself. We got through that and seem none the worse for wear. Before that I was dealing with the most dangerous kind of skin cancer you can get, and wondering if I was going to die. Now my son is talking with the Japanese princess. They happen to be in the same class together and they talked before class and were in a small group discussion during class. His friend is good friends with Kakosama. But she just calls her, “Kako.”

Shortsnap Learning

Just a heads up! Shortsnap Learning is an interesting company that makes apps for students studying English. They are based in Japan and run by a Canadian based here named Bob Coffee.

Short Snap for short or just Short is a small company with educational ideas. Started at the tail end of 2014, the small core crew is working hard to deliver on its motto that Learning English Should Be Fun. Located around the globe Short Snap’s core members consist of Americans, Canadians and Japanese working from as many locales.

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