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Comments for Zen Crazy http://zencrazy.com A journey to the far east Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:06:10 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.15 Comment on My journey to Japan by Matt Bowen http://zencrazy.com/my-journey-to-japan/#comment-441 Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:06:10 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=245#comment-441 Yep, exactly that! I’ve made a surprising amount of new friends, so I’ve never yet felt like I was really away from home and friends.

Comment on My journey to Japan by Juichiro http://zencrazy.com/my-journey-to-japan/#comment-439 Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:55:13 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=245#comment-439 Finally. You did it. You made it. To Japan. What now? Away from home and friends. Will you make a new home and new friends, here, the land where the sun rises?

Comment on Leaving friends behind by Matt Bowen http://zencrazy.com/leaving-friends-behind/#comment-334 Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:52:26 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=206#comment-334 Yeah, we’re seeing each other for the last time on Wednesday.

Comment on Leaving friends behind by Juichiro http://zencrazy.com/leaving-friends-behind/#comment-332 Sat, 12 Sep 2015 20:08:06 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=206#comment-332 “I’m even leaving behind my girlfriend. ”

Now that it’s a plot twist. I am guessing that means break-up?

Comment on Be true to yourself by Matt Bowen http://zencrazy.com/be-true-to-yourself/#comment-328 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:47:14 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=187#comment-328 Hey Juichiro, it’s up again now. 😀 I just accidentally clicked ‘Publish’ when I meant to click ‘Preview’.

Comment on Be true to yourself by Juichiro http://zencrazy.com/be-true-to-yourself/#comment-327 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:35:35 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=187#comment-327 Your latest post (http://zencrazy.com/leaving-friends-behind/) is not showing up. :/

Comment on How much does it cost to live in Japan? by Matt Bowen http://zencrazy.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-live-in-japan/#comment-234 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:43:26 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=173#comment-234 Hey Mikey,

Sounds like those guesthouses aren’t too shabby then. I’m expecting to stay in a shared place too. Thanks for the bike tip – I’m not much of a bike guy but I’ll keep that in mind about the registration.

4 litres of shochu on the other hand – now you’re talking!

Comment on How much does it cost to live in Japan? by Mikey http://zencrazy.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-live-in-japan/#comment-230 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:00:19 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=173#comment-230 Hey man,

Those guesthouses arent too bad in my experience. The girlfriend and I shared a room in one for like 6 months. Cheap rent; kitchen utensils provided; internet; fridge, kettle and microwave in our room so no need to even go into the kitchen if I didnt want to; but also it came with built in friends – some Japanese students, some internationals doing all kinds of jobs – and we’d drink and go out with the ones we liked. All that said though, it was a smallish guesthouse – maybe 10 rooms. Those big dorm style places would be crap I rekon.

With food, we lived of 500 yen a day for the first 3 months because the GFC smashed our savings. Big bag of rice, 4 litres of shochu, some furikake and 2 dozen eggs and boom saving mad money!! And loosing weight! Thats how you fit into skinny Japanese jeans!!

Oh yeah and the bike thing – I tried to get a second hand bike but thats more hassel than its worth. Just shell out the extra 5000 yen and get a brand spanker – you wont regret it. Changing the registration over is hard – even if you can speak Japanese.

Dont forget dude, youll need a phone pretty quickly too!!

tokyocheapo.com has you covered for about everything else (stay away from the happoshu)


Comment on Be true to yourself by Matt Bowen http://zencrazy.com/be-true-to-yourself/#comment-221 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 15:28:33 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=187#comment-221 I’ve not heard of La Mettrie – I think maybe I should have a read up about him. There’s always going to be a limit I think, but I think most of us are miles away from that limit and could do with being a little more courageous when it comes to sharing aspects of ourselves.

Haha, yeah, I have to rein in my inner Dionysus!!

Comment on Be true to yourself by Juichiro http://zencrazy.com/be-true-to-yourself/#comment-220 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 22:55:19 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=187#comment-220 “For the last few years, one of my life rules has been Integrity – to be the same person on the outside as I am on the inside.” That’s my idea. One of my favourite figures, La Mettrie, did this in a very literal and sharp way (think a Galileo with heavy doses of defiance). But it destroyed his reputation and his social life and it almost (literally) killed him. I don’t know if integrity is worth that much for me. But I do enjoy not having to play the acting game. But it seems to me that if you want something from someone, you are likely to have to go down the acting game.

“I’ve always known I was impulsive on the inside – I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve enshrined self-discipline so highly. Lately I’ve been less demanding of myself to do what I think is expected and what’s good for my image.” Interesting to see that behind that Seneca there is an Epicurus (or perhaps a wild Dionysus!) waiting to be freed. :)