Day One Hundred Forty Seven

Three Things I Learned:

1. Sweet Jesus, pay your rent on time. Just do it.

2. Best friends are the people who bring you chicken nuggets when you are sick.

3. There are Japanese conspiracy theorists who think that the latest giant Earthquake in Japan was government controlled by the same American government leaders who supposedly planned 9/11. Also, when a drunk Japanese man starts showing you different ways to fold yen to reveal secret codes left by the government, you should just go home.


Day One Hundred Forty Six

Three Things I Learned:

1. There was a huge massacre of the entire city of Baga in Nigeria by Boko Haram around the same time as the recent shooting in France. Thousands were slaughtered in Nigeria, and about seventeen in France– but Nigeria hasn’t had half the global attention that France has had.

2. Boko Haram is said to translate to “Western Education is a Sin” but it is better translated to “Don’t Trick Me” or “Beware of the Other’s Lies”, which technically can be interpreted as against Western ways.

3. The Japanese verb for murder is korasuru.

Day One Hundred Forty Five

Three Things I Learned:

1. In India, there is a man born who was born with Elephantiasis of the face, but in his religion the elephant is thought to be holy (and their god resembles an elephant) so instead of being ostracised, he is highly respected in his community.

2. What you think is gross to eat is totally normal to eat somewhere else, and vice versa. Also, raw horse meat actually tastes pretty good.

3. I should probably learn how to cook something.

Day One Hundred Forty Four

Three Things I Learned:

1. Keep track of how many drinks you’ve imbibed because sometimes you don’t think you are drunk and only later you realize how embarrassingly wasted you were.

2. The phrase majidekinai in Japanese means “don’t do something you don’t actually want to do”.

3. There is a temporary Pokémon café in Tokyo!!! With Pikachu Pancakes!!!!!

Day One Hundred Forty Three

Three Things I Learned:

1. In Russian the word “noun” comes from the verb “to exist”.

2. Shinigami is a better word to describe demons/death gods than oni, which actually have a very complex historical context.

3. If you want to tell someone they are gross, you can use the slang kimoi which derives from the phrase kimochiwarui meaning “bad feeling”.

Day One Hundred Forty Three

Three Things I Learned:

1. Contrary to popular belief, katakana was not solely created for borrowed English words in Japanese. It actually started out as a short hand for Buddhist monks in the 9th Century

2. Osaka used to be called Naniwa around the 700s

3. Yellow Tail fish actually have several names depending on how old the fish was when it was caught. One example is hamachi which is about a year old, and buri, which can be four years or older.

Day One Hundred Forty Two

Three Things I Learned:

1. There is a belief in Thai culture that once you start to like bitter food, you are getting old because children do not like bitter food.

2. If you have a cut or sore in your mouth, gargling salt water is oddly soothing and will help heal the wound much faster.

3. A good way to organize a video that you are editing in Premiere is to color code each section (right click, label color).