Monthly Archives: October 2014

Japanese book review: “Humorous short story collection” by Endo Shusaku (遠藤周作:ユーモア小説編

“Humorous short story collection” by Endo Shusaku is one of the books I picked up at an Japanese grocery store in Orlando that just happened to have a rack of used books. At the time I thought it was from a different writer, but after discovering my mistake I decided to try reading it anyway.… Read More »

Japanese restaurant review: “Mikan” of Pembroke Pines, Florida

It’s been quite a while since I’ve come across any great Japanese restaurants, but this weekend me and my family happened to  dine at an incredible, authentic Japanese place which I’ll review in this post. Mikan Japanese Restaurant ( is a newly opened restaurant in Pembroke pines, not too far from the Trader Joe’s grocery… Read More »

Japanese podcast review: 子育てカフェ (childcare cafe)

For quite a while I was listening to a science-related Japanese podcast (here), and then after getting a bit tired of that I decided to take a break from podcasts for a few weeks. For my next podcast to use as Japanese listening practice, I went to the NHK podcast site, which generally has episodes… Read More »

The amazing educational Shimajiro! (followup)

Sometime back, I wrote a post about Benesse’s distance program learning for children, in particular their Shimajiro series of books. In my household we have been reading these books fairly often to our young son, and he has really grown to love them in a way that surprised me. On several occasions he will run… Read More »