Confucius said, The gentleman has three things to be aware of. When he is young and his energies are not fully controlled, he bewares of sexual attraction. When he is mature and his energies are at their height, he bewares of aggressiveness. When he is old and his energies have waned, he bewares of avariciousness.Continue reading “Spring Cleaning”
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Hi all, A couple quick surprises I wanted to share: First, my family and I are finally heading back to Japan at the end of this year! Japan finally relaxed its visa restrictions on vaccinated travelers, and so we can finally go after 3 years. My wife hasn’t seen her parents, and my kids haveContinue reading “Big Surprises”
Hello dear readers, You may have noticed a few changes, and so I wanted to post some quick updates: I added a new blog page on tips for learning Japanese Language. This was inspired by my recent grumblings about learning Japanese on Duolingo, and also by a recent conversation with a co-worker who was alsoContinue reading “Blog Updates”
War, Buddhism and Language
We are now almost two weeks into the invasion of Ukraine and now the long, ugly grind of war has reared its ugly head. The invasion has consumed many of us. The initial fervor has given away to the reality that even if Ukraine totally routs the Russian military, Ukraine will still have been destroyed,Continue reading “War, Buddhism and Language”
Happy Moon Festival 2021!
The Moon Festival (中秋節), celebrated across east Asia starts tonight depending on your time zone. I got to celebrate on Animal Crossing: New Horizons by decorating my “home” with regional treats: moon cakes from China at front, colorful song-pyon from Korea on the back-right and white dango from Japan on the left. In Japan, theContinue reading “Happy Moon Festival 2021!”
When Life Hands You Lemons
A month before my entire department was laid off in early 2020 (the very same week lockdown occurred 🤦🏽♂️), I received a nice award from the company for a year-long project that I was involved in. The award was a nice glass photo frame, two pieces of glass that have magnets inside, with the awardContinue reading “When Life Hands You Lemons”
Hi Folks! What started as yet-another-pet-project of mine has grown enough that I decided to finally upgrade my account with the good folks at WordPress. That means no more ad banners on the site, and I finally get a proper URL: partycentral.blog If you have this page bookmarked, feel free to update your bookmarks toContinue reading “New URL”
Bōnenkai: Forgetting the Old Year
As my last post for 2020, I wanted to share a small feature of Japanese culture called the bōnenkai (忘年会) which are parties meant to say goodbye (lit. “to forget”) to the old year. The last week or two may be filled with bōnenkai: work parties, parties with circles of friends, associates, etc. Such partiesContinue reading “Bōnenkai: Forgetting the Old Year”
From my family to yours, happy holidays, live long and prosper, and Merry Christmas! 🖖🏼 P.S. For my fellow Buddhists out there, please enjoy the Maha Santa Claus sutra.
Seattle at Sunset
Not a great photo, but something fun that I took while my wife drove us home from south Seattle: Enjoy!