I am currently on vacation and will return to reply to comments and provide new content later. Until then, please enjoy an excess of doodles and comics about my daily life in the San’in region. See you in mid January!

My Japanese is usually pretty good, but speaking with very old and very young people can make it difficult to decipher their syllables. That, and when female students–elementary school through high school–get together and start speaking to each other, all of a sudden I don’t understand a word of what is going on. What’s slang, and what’s lazy Japanese, and what’s normal Japanese just spoken two octaves higher than usual? I can’t tell when you all get together! Then again, I was probably just as bad with my own friends.