Author Archives: Michael Gakuran

The Power of the Sith

Not that I usually plug many things, nor have the time to, but this one my mum sent me deserves to be posted. What else but the classic `20 Questions` utilising Lord Vader`s `Sith Sense`. Can YOU beat the power of the Dark Side..? I did (hehe). The Light Side always prevails! (Not immodest at […]
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Thoughts on work

It occurs to me that if I don`t start writing in this now, I may never get around to it before I return home. Considering my paper diary is still on `catch up`, although much closer now – only a week or so behind – and the length of time it took me to write […]
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Back at Shiso

My travels are over, at least, the main bulk of them. I don`t envision myself taking off abroad again before I return to England in July, but who knows, there`s still three months of events yet to occur and that has the potential to change…
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Live from B@gus!

I`m dreary-eyed, tired, ailing, most likely having absorbed a hefty amount of the local smog too, but it`s all worth it; I`m sitting in a 24-hour Internet cafe! Still, lets first recap the events of the last few weeks before we arrive at today.
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My 6 month GAP report

Having nearly finished my time as a GAP volunteer (2 weeks to go before I start travelling), I`m required to write a report to give to Kataoka-san (Director of Cheshire Homes) and generally just talk about my experiences and the things I`ve learnt. It probably reads a little pretentiously, so apologies for that, it`s just […]
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Things have been fairly hectic the past week or so. I`ve been engaged in visa, flight and insurance enquiries, numerous talks with Jyoki-san and Kataoka-san, and email-phone call tennis matches with the GAP coordinators, all over the issue of my staying out here longer.
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Osaka Kaiyuukan and Capsules

Well well, fellow droogies, things have been a malenky bit horrorshow lately. Those of you who understand what I mean have likely read `A Clockwork Orange` by Anthony Burgess (if not, I recommend it). Those of you who know me would probably now wonder why I was using the `nadsat` speak used in the book […]
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Arrival of Winter

It has been snowing on and off here at Shiso effectively since my last post. We didn`t see a White Christmas, but it`s more than been made up for in the weeks since. On New Year`s Eve, the four of us went to Bokusho-san`s Temple (where our local Tea Ceremony takes place) for a Buddhist […]
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