It’s woderful that you are making crossword in Kurobe. For me, the name ‘kurobe’ reminds me of the big Kurobe dam. Since I am a Japanese, I am not familiar with English crosswords. I wonder if I can solve your crosswords, Anyway, I will check again your blog soon!

Kabuki Crosswords

Howdy and hello!  Thank you for visiting Kabuki Crosswords!  If you’re reading this pretty soon after I post it, then I have no idea how you got here!  Hahah.  I just set this site up and have not publicized it at all yet, so you are one of the lucky few who will see this site in its infancy.  Hopefully, however, you are visiting after I have a few puzzles posted already, and you can start solving!

Kurobe from the sky

Since I’ve got your attention, though, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Lawrence, and I’ve been working as an English teacher in Japan since 2009.  I live in a small city called Kurobe on the main island (Honshu), about a 5 hour drive away from Tokyo.  Being a rural city, Kurobe doesn’t have much to offer at first glance, but it is a beautiful…

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Why is Japan the lead buyer of CDs?

An interesting entry. I am a japanese old man (over 50 years old!), and I did not know that Japan is an exception in terms of CD sales. In Japan, too, music indutry is busy blaming online music services like iTune and piracy for declining CD sales. Some brick-and-mortar CD stores have closed. Although the Tower Records is doing well. So it might be just a problem of business strategy. You may be right that japanese have ‘collectors’ DNA in our blood. My father, 80 years old, has a big collection of vinyl records. I believe many people of his age did the same when they were young.

Music Row Girl

The country that is known for the world’s best technology and video games…


…Japan is one of the few countries in the world that is still buying CDs!

As you can tell, I’m kind of out of things to write about today HAHA but I think that it’s notable that Japan is still buying physical CD’s since we are struggling to sell over 100,000 copies in the first few weeks of a new release in the US!

Japan is known for Hello Kitty, Nintendo, and of course technology, but what I didn’t know before now is that the hobby known as “collecting” is all the rage there!

Hello-Kitty-DJ-Animation-Kawaii-Hello-Kitty-BlogHello Kitty is my favorite of the 3! 😀

Thus it’s not good enough to get a digital copy of an album or to stream it on Spotify or Rdio. The country that birthed technology is not even able to get Spotify or Rdio…

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Reverse Culture Shock

An interesting post. I, as a 50-ish Japanese male, thought that Japan is highly motorized coutry, but , yes, I can still go around my small town by foot. It is said that more and more younger people do not want to own cars.
I will look forward to your future posts.


My return home from Japan back to the United States was July 13 of this year. So as of writing this, it has been almost 2 months now since I have been back home. And while it did not affect me as greatly as I thought it would, I still have noticed from time to time reverse culture shock set in.

One of the first things I noticed right off the bat was the size of things. Including people. I became so used to seeing petite, small framed Japanese people on a daily basis that when I got back home I was quite stunned at the huge variety of sizes that people come in here. In addition, because Japan has such relatively little space to inhabit they go to the greatest extent to really compact and compartmentalize everything to the tiniest detail. But because we Americans live in a country…

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Operation Apartment So Far

Your entry is very interesting. Nowadays, many people complains about the ‘Key money’ and some rent-house compaies do not require the money. In that case, when some repair is necessary at the end of the contract, we have to pay for the repairement.

I think one of the reason we need middle man is that many landlords are small-sized businesses so it is not affordable to operate everything by themselves.

Anyway, enjoy your new room. 😉

忘れないでください・Please Don't Forget

I thought it would be appropriate to post the halfway point of my apartment search as I just got off the phone confirming details and lying out of my ass about why I ignored like five phone calls yesterday (I have a phone phobia and I didn’t know the number, it wasn’t until they left a message TODAY that I realized it was my apartment company. Then my realestate agent chastised me over the phone.). My story is that I hadn’t known where my phone was yesterday and not that I’m scared shitless of answering unknown numbers, especially when they happen to be on the meiwake list when I google it (numbers that people complain about).

I’m quiet embarrassed about the whole thing, didn’t give them a very good first impression of me.


Last Wednesday, me and a friend who is N1 level Japanese went to a real estate…

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