Author Archives: Eric Nishio

Ten years ago I was a jobless student in Osaka. I was almost broke but I still wanted to go to Japanese-Korean BBQ joints and bars, so I had to come up with a solution to give myself personal allowances on a consistent basis. I set up an Excel spreadsheet where I had cells for […]

Here’s a list of words I recently came across while flipping through the first few chapters of Teach Yourself Chinese and Chinese Made Easy: pen 筆 Beijing University 北京大學 garage 車庫 curtains 窗簾 duck’s tongue 鴨舌 faucet 水龍頭 bloody nose 流鼻血 school bus 娃娃車 This is a common plague that affects many (if not most) […]

I used to think that packing five novels, a flashlight, two bottles of deodorant, and a pillow would come in handy when I’m on the road. But that’s actually something you should only do when switching apartments. I’ve been using my current travel checklist religiously for the past three years, and I’ve never had the […]