http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2017/07/10/language/japan-everything-counts-way/#.WWW0BoiGPIW The following link explains all the different ways I have to count things when I use Japanese. I was laughed at for counting a plate the same way you count small animals in Japanese, implying that I had eaten 'three small cats' instead of 'three small meals'. It's entertaining, and unique, to this culture.… Continue reading Language quirks
After studying Japanese for 10 years, and setting my sights on visiting Japan as my end-goal, we're finally here! I'M GOING TO JAPAN THIS YEAR!! For me, these rewards are what makes the struggle worthwhile. The goal at the end of the task is usually something I assign for myself; and the more challenging the… Continue reading You Can Do It!
Or, 'when an intervention isn't worth the effort', or 'when doing something is worse than doing nothing'. A common issue in HR literature, and HR work in hospitals, is the issue of Strategy fatigue. Strategy Fatigue in management is, essentially, employees and/or customers getting tired of a 'new approach' or a 'new system' being implemented. It… Continue reading Strategy Fatigue
I'm posting this for the use of a few people I know who intend to travel to Japan later this year, and anyone else who is an English speaker but needs to get around in this wonderful, exciting foreign country. *Now with useful edits! I'm not going to post images for this, because there is… Continue reading Japanese Phrases for Travellers
I've been asked by my partner, and some others in my life, how I developed my near-innate ability to socialise and 'read' people. I'll be bluntly honest here; Big family. I was in a social situation from Day 1. From the moment I was brought home from the hospital, I was surrounded by Grandparents, well-wishers,… Continue reading ‘Soft’ skills, and Generation Y
*Perception of Heresy subject to own personal belief and cultural norms So I'm starting to mention with increasing frequency my 'white bread' upbringing - but it's actually really important! Being raised an Anglo-Saxon, Irish Catholic strongly shaped my worldview and perception of society as a whole up until I was about 15 years old, so… Continue reading A Day in the life of a Heretic*
Image credit to this website, which also gives you more information on Okinawa and the pictured 'Shisa'. I also felt that this image was appropriate to represent the duality of this post's ideals. So! Here they are; I look at the image of two Shisa - Okinawan guardian statues - and smile. I feel a… Continue reading Japan, Okinawa, and My Learning Journey