Author Archives: Taylor

SAVE LIZ

Dear Gerpan Fans, Friends and Freeloaders, In the wake of Liz’s literary absence, I have established an emergency petition to help Liz get off the streets and back behind a writer’s desk. If you or someone you know has ever … Continue reading

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JAPANIC (PART 10): THE GREAT QUAKE

The Great Quake struck at 2:46 pm on Friday, March 11th. The senior class at my junior high school had their graduation ceremony earlier in the day and the school was empty save for the teachers. I was in the … Continue reading

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JAPANIC (PART 9): BACK IN OTA

I am back in Ota, kicking back with my Japanese aunt and uncle after a day’s journey from Hiroshima. I am staying with them tonight and the power is out, so we are lounging around with flashlights and entertaining ourselves … Continue reading

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JAPANIC (PART 8): INTO THE LION’S [RADIOACTIVE] DEN

This morning I am heading back to Ota from Hiroshima by way of bullet train. I am banking my trip on the hope that I will arrive at Ota station just before it shuts down due to a scheduled blackout. … Continue reading

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JAPANIC (PART 7): WEEKEND UPDATE

This weekend I am visiting my host family who I stayed with during my brief stint as a foreign exchange student during high school. They are the Kitamura family and they reside in a quaint little suburb on the outskirts … Continue reading

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JAPANIC (PART 5): CONTINGENCY PLAN

As of this moment, I am still in Ota, although I can’t say for how long. Tomorrow night I had plans to travel to Hiroshima to stay with my Japanese host family for the three day weekend but I may … Continue reading

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JAPANIC (PART 4): THE DAY AFTER

School is back in session despite the fact that the situation in Fukushima is still not under control. I only have one class today so I have ample time to catch up on dry washing my hands and sighing. I broke … Continue reading

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JAPANIC (PART 3): STEADY ON

Being alone in a foreign country where you are unable to speak the language in the middle of a crisis, is probably what it was like to be Frodo when he was bearing the Ring through Mordor and he was … Continue reading

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JAPANIC (PART 2): FORMULA FOR DECISION MAKING

If you are in Japan right now and like me, you are an English teacher struggling with your decision to stay or leave, here is a simple equation to help put your mind at ease: If A is greater than B, then … Continue reading

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SPECIAL EDITION: JAPANIC (PART 1)

To Those Who Are Concerned: I am not dead. Nor am I single handedly clinging to the lip of an earthquake chasm like Dr. Elsa Schneider from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I have not been affected by the radiation … Continue reading

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