Being more than just a (very well-trained) monkey

Sometimes I feel almost overwhelmed by the number and variety of possibilities that are open to me (and to anyone) here in Tokyo (read ‘on planet Earth’). Having made a decision a couple of months back to reach out into the community and connect with others, I have been almost dumbstruck by the things I […]

Saying RAAAAAA to life

A week between Mumbles…. how about that?! I think Twitter‘s to blame. I wonder what the global impact of Twitter has been upon blogging? If my performance is anything to go by it’s not insubstantial. Is this a good thing? I’m inclined to think it is, and it isn’t. The nature of Twitter means it […]

Livestreaming the Tokyo Quarter Marathon – Take Your Seats

This event is sponsored by Japan Podshow – launching shortly! LIVE STREAMING VIDEO PLAYER If I’m not streaming, the previous live-streamed video will play. (Go to http://www.qik.com/tamegoeswild to see a live-updated map of exactly where I am. There is also a comments tab – click on that and enter your comment – I will read […]

Livestreaming the Marathon hits the headlines

The folks over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a very popular site focusing on all things Mac, have just posted my story. There’s going to be a lot of eyes to carry on my head. Yikes.

Firing on all cylinders

My running the Tokyo quarter marathon whilst streaming live video seems to have caught people’s attention, with two major US websites now offering to promote it, and another Japan-based media organisation interested in interviewing me tomorrow. I’m raising money for Oxfam Japan. This has all come out of the blue. I think the idea was […]

A new bird feeder

Following on from my last post: having packed my rucksack with Macbook, clothes and shoes for work, water and stuff for my Japanese lesson, I realised it would be daft to try and run like that. Carrying so much weight would not be easy, and would probably leave me with mightily sore shoulders. So, instead, […]

Running across Tokyo to get to work (probably)

Just a quick post tonight, to tell you of my plans for tomorrow morning. After work tonight I visited the ‘citizens’ centre’ just down the road from the office, and asked about local gyms. Apparently there’s a council-run place in Kanda, about 20 mins walk from the office, and about 16km from home. That should […]

How being able to speak Japanese has changed my life in Japan

I’ve been wanting to write this little post for some time. It’s not aimed at people who are perfectly happy not using Japanese whilst living in Japan (which I think is perfectly OK). It’s aimed at those considering studying Japanese. My hope is that it provides at least one person with a little inspiration. It’s […]

Making Meguro Home

I’ve been feeling a lot of gratitude for our home this week. I briefly mentioned this at the beginning of my last post, but since then time and time again I’ve found myself stopping, looking out of the window at the park and saying, “Wow. We are so lucky.” The signing of the new two […]

Woken by the warmth of the sun

Not a great photo, but one of the first blossoms I saw this year. It’s been a super-productive day today. It started on a really positive note, with the warm sun streaming through the trees, through the glass doors that make up a whole wall of our bedroom, and onto my face. It made me […]