If one could roam around 9th century Baghdad, one could hear a phrase that would bring a headache to many present-day devoted Muslims. "The ink of a scholar is more important than the blood of a martyr". How come those words derived from the collective memory of the prophet's teachings fell out of prominence in the years to come and when did seeking the truth though philosophy became irrelevant?
Today was a cold, cold day. The coldest day in Tokyo in a period of 48 years, the news read. If you have to work in the morning, you feel the cold piercing through your skin even colder. And then you realize that the trains are late as hell, because a train wagon stopped in... Continue Reading →
Japan is the land of precaution. Anything that can possible disrupt the order of things, should be addressed beforehand. One such this is -wait for it- the flu. As soon as the flu season started, everyone began stockpiling masks, medicine, vitamins, anything and everything that can protect your body. Even the big-time performers at the... Continue Reading →
[Featured image: A farewell gift from the group of high school children under my supervision. This, and a suggestion to try engaging to sock collecting.] Back on a serious note [ that is cultural differences between Japan and the rest of the world], today's topic is Japanese school children. I had the opportunity to participate... Continue Reading →
Hey there! How was your summer vacation? Mine was quite floppy, as it was inconveniently interrupted by my entrance exams (check out anxiety lair post). Nevertheless, end of August is a relatively good time to visit Mt. Fuji. Considering that the main paths are open to the public only ~2months in the summer, it's a... Continue Reading →
[Caption: ALWAYS listen to the ALPACA] Let's start from the basics. Generally, I love Japanese lifestyle. I love how everything is carefully scheduled at least one month prior. I love how everything has a starting and a finishing time, which is meticulously respected. I love how every action is based on a clear motive, and... Continue Reading →