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Zen Crazy http://zencrazy.com A journey to the far east Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:29:51 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.15 Christmas in Japan http://zencrazy.com/christmas-in-japan/ http://zencrazy.com/christmas-in-japan/#comments Sun, 25 Dec 2016 14:00:06 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=282 This is my second Christmas in Japan.  I say that, but I should point out that that doesn’t actually mean very much because it’s not really Christmas in Japan.  It’s more like my second December 25th here.  That’s the time when I think how nice it’d be to eat a roast dinner with my family, initially […]

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Things to do in Korea http://zencrazy.com/things-to-do-in-korea/ http://zencrazy.com/things-to-do-in-korea/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:00:30 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=259 I celebrated my 1 year anniversary of living in Japan last month, by visiting Korea.  It’s one of those things that made more sense at the time.  On the journey with me were two friends from my house who needed a man to show them around.  That man was Jiyong.  Not wanting to miss a chance […]

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My journey to Japan http://zencrazy.com/my-journey-to-japan/ http://zencrazy.com/my-journey-to-japan/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 11:02:45 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=245 The coach I rode to the airport on was fancy. Most of the journey involved sitting. As a vegetarian, the leather seats made me feel comfortably uncomfortable. The blue lights lighting the coach’s interior felt vaguely futuristic, as if I were in one of the earlier Star Treks, only with a higher budget. After two hours […]

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It’s all about trust http://zencrazy.com/its-all-about-trust/ http://zencrazy.com/its-all-about-trust/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:23:17 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=233 Just chilling out waiting for my sofas to be taken away.  Oh wait, that was five hours ago, and I still have my sofas.  They won’t budge.  I’m starting to wonder if they’re cursed – the mere suggestion of my sofas needing to be taken away is enough to turn even the most respectable house clearance […]

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The price of a dream http://zencrazy.com/the-price-of-a-dream/ http://zencrazy.com/the-price-of-a-dream/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:07:37 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=224 I met my girlfriend about a year and a half ago at aikido.  Aikido’s what I love to do, and one day she showed up to training with a friend, and stuck at it.  We didn’t really talk very much, not until I found out she was into philosophy.  Man, philosophy rocks.  And cute girls who’re […]

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Leaving friends behind http://zencrazy.com/leaving-friends-behind/ http://zencrazy.com/leaving-friends-behind/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:01:02 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=206 Recently I’ve been getting ready for my move and doing irreverent things like going to Centre Parcs.  My flat is still full of too much stuff but at least I’ve cancelled my phone and internet contracts now.  Spending time recently with so many people has made me realise how much I’m leaving friends behind.  And I’ve […]

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Be true to yourself http://zencrazy.com/be-true-to-yourself/ http://zencrazy.com/be-true-to-yourself/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:40:26 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=187 I was walking to work today feeling a little impatient. Half-term is over so there were kids and parents dashing in and out of the school entrances along my route. It’s kind of like if there’s a beehive on a doorway and you have to perfectly time your dash through it to avoid any trouble. […]

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How much does it cost to live in Japan? http://zencrazy.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-live-in-japan/ http://zencrazy.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-live-in-japan/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 19:54:22 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=173 How much does it cost to live in Japan? Now that’s a good question. Some people say Japan is expensive, others say it’s inexpensive. Thanks internet, how did we make do before you? After a lot of research, I’ve decided it’s really another question in disguise. I don’t know if you’ll like it or not […]

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Look after your life fundamentals http://zencrazy.com/life-fundamentals/ http://zencrazy.com/life-fundamentals/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 12:37:59 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=159 Life is basically like having a houseplant. Obviously there are a few key differences like that humans get to go outside, and do things like play golf and write blogs. Okay, they’re not exactly the same but hey, it’s an analogy. What I’m saying is it’s the same ball park. I’ve discovered over the course […]

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Aikido course http://zencrazy.com/aikido-course/ http://zencrazy.com/aikido-course/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 11:05:58 +0000 http://zencrazy.com/?p=148 Well there we go! My application for entry into Japan in October this year has now been sent off. Now I just have to wait. … … … … Wow this waiting thing is really hard. Guess I’ll blog a bit. Yeah, that should pass some time. This weekend my aikido club hosted its biannual […]

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