Monday, August 29, 2005

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Japanese Words of the Day

米製日本語 "beisei nihongo" Amercan-made Japanese

渋い 【しぶい】 (adj) (1) tasteful (clothing); cool; an aura of refined masculinity; (2) astringent; sullen; bitter (taste); (3) grim; quiet; (4) sober; stingy;

伝 【つて】 (n) intermediary; good offices; connections; someone to trust

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Fall Reading List

All the books that I didn't read this summer, plus...
Ecce Homo - Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, August 22, 2005


From NPR: Since the 1950's, the average American family is 25% smaller; however, the average home is twice as large.

From work: In the US, 80-90% of healthcare expenses are during the last 6 months of a person's life.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Words of the Day

Thaumaturge (alt. thaumaturgist)

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Kendo Philosophy

捨身 【しゃしん】 (n) (Buddh) renouncing the flesh or the world; becoming a priest; risking one's life for others
捨て身; 捨身 【すてみ】 (n) at the risk of one's life

残心 【ざんしん】 (n) follow-through (e.g., in archery)

礼 【れい】 (n) expression of gratitude

Japanese History


Monday, August 01, 2005