Saturday, November 22, 2008

Japanese video and audio lessons

Here are some Japanese videos and audio lessons available for free. The site also contains a number of other Japanese related websites and blogs.

http://www.thejapanesepage.com/

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cool Things In Japan

I recently came across this article titled Best of Japan Series with a number of pictures and articles about Japan. Covering various items from vending machines to neon lights.

Driving in Japan-Getting Your License


For anyone who lives in a big city, this isn't really a necessity. However, there are a couple reasons you might want to obtain your drivers license. One is to use it as an ID (you should try to limit showing your foreigners registration card to official use only. It is also very helpful if you decide to go on a vacation. Some of the most beautiful spots in Japan have no public system at all. I finally had to take mine when I decided to move to Okinawa. To be honest it was a pain in the butt, but not as nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.

The below links are basically a how to get your Japanese driver's license I wrote after obtaining mine. They contain a number of helpful links and are hopefully help you pass your Japanese drivers test.

Driving In Japan Part 1 (Preparation And The Written Test)
Driving In Japan Part 2 (The Driving Test)

Please leave any comments or additional tips you have

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Giant Jellies Attack Japan

A 6ft jelly fish that weighs over 450 lbs is slowly invading the waters of Japan.  I would have thought that larger animals such as this would be on the verge of extinction. And since fisherman are worried about the giant karage eating their fish, they may soon be. You can find the full story here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Miyakojima in November


After moving to Miyakojima in the middle of October, I am settled in and Enjoying the weather. Here is a picture from a few days ago. You can also find my recent fishing trip in Miyakojima here.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Scuba Island

I have been a scuba diver for over 10 years and worked in the industry for over 7. Since I will soon be moving to a tropical island, I decided to try and share some of the knowledge I have gained. I recently started a new scuba diving blog titled "The Scuba Island" in hopes that some of the information I have gained will come in handy to others. Check it out.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Culture through high school kids in Japan

I am getting this blog out a bit late, but for anyone interested in learning more about Japanese international high school or more directly high school students, my friend has started a new blog titled The professional Student. He writes about various aspects in Japan and also about what he learns about being around students. He is also a big tech fans so it is a good place to check for new tech stuff (especially Mac).

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Dirty City

Well It's been a while since I have last posted. I have been spending a lot of time studying various things and also working on other site simplistic thoughts. It takes more time than I thought

The weather has finally started to warm up here in Tokyo, though we just went through a cold rainy week. It's hard to believe it's June. Pretty soon the weather will be really warm and everyone will be wishing to go back to winter again.

The not so fun part about summer is that the city seems to be dirtier. With muggy air, lots of cigarette smoke, dirty river, and lots of people it can seem pretty bad some times. One of the disadvantages of living in a big city I guess. Though the amount of trash and cigarette butts that people simply throw on the ground is ridiculous. In part it is because of the lack of garbage cans, but still disheartening.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A pretty funny blog

Just a short post for those who want to practice their Japanese, while getting a little bit of entertainment. This blog http://www.wgxtk249.net/ is written mostly in Japanese (very casual Japanese) and has a lot of funny stories about living in Japan. The author is a second generation Japanese raised in America and currently living in the Yokohama area. he has quite a unique view. Check it out.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

My First post

My name is Nick Lancaster. I am from California originally, but currently live in Tokyo, Japan. I started this blog about a month ago to discuss my experiences in Japan and with Japanese. The project got side-tracked by another site I started called simplistic thoughts. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Simplistic thoughts will be more dedicated to business, personal development, and alternative energy, and this blog will be more focused on Japan and my experiences here. よろしくお願いします。