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US Representative Weiner’s Twitter photo

Since I regularly watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, maybe I thought everyone knew about US Rep Weiner’s underwear shot that was tweeted from his account to a young woman who is not his wife. Well, the hubb hadn’t heard yet.

Weiner denies sending the Tweet, but cannot say with certainty if that is his underwear and member, or not. By sexting standards, this is pretty vanilla. While seemingly large and suggestive, his wiener is concealed, draped, and less explicit than most ads for men’s undies.

Do you agree with my mom that Rep Weiner’s career is “over”?

Asashoryu retires from sumo

I shed a few tears over my beloved Asashoryu’s (forced) retirement from sumo. It’s not that I don’t like Hakuho, but Asashoryu’s bad boy personality is super sexy. The retirement ritual involves a hair cut. Thanks to the non-jealous hubb for sending me these images and story.

Studying for JLPT 3

Is anyone taking the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency)  tests this summer? They are offering new levels 1, 2 and 3. I am challenging myself to study for level 3, which will be really hard for me.

The website for the test is sooo difficult. If you click the link that says in English that you are taking the test within Japan, you get to pages and pages of information only in Japanese. According to the hubb, you need to buy the application form at a bookstore and then mail it in.

Hello, JLPT! Have you never heard of online transactions? Between the language and multiple steps for application, it’s amazing that so many people manage to take the test!

Which readers are taking the test in July? What are you doing to study? Thank you for sharing some tips or encouragement.

New Year’s Day

New Year's Day,  shrine

With the in-laws and the hubb, I visited this shrine on New Year’s day. Amidst an ordinary Suginami neighborhood, this small shrine looks like something out of history, or at least an advertisement. Hey, is that Hachiko, the famous dog?

New Year is a quiet and charming time in Tokyo. Everyone who came from the interior has left, most businesses are shut down, and there’s a lot of over-eating with the family. In between delicious lunch and dinner at the in-laws, we visited the shrine, to say a quick prayer and to draw our fortune.

After experiencing the mind-numbingly long prayers of my family’s religion, Japanese prayer is so charming. Throw some coins in the shrine, ring the bell, bow twice, clap your hands twice, press them together, think a happy thought, and let the next people have their turn. It takes about 20 seconds, and involves no audible words.

Happy new year to everyone! Hope your year started well.