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Tuesday, July 04, 2006



hi Brian
I sent a mail to you about the movie, I hope it was okay for you. Thanks



Kancho Kuninaka, one of the pioneers of the alkaline water treatment in Japan...dID HE invent KANCHO the laxative?

On Google, there is also this item about kancho.

The Word of the Day is "Kancho"

Via LiveJournal, I found my way to the editorials of an American teaching in Japan. Specifically, he teaches the equivalent of 7th through 9th grades. Apparently, according to this entry, Japanese school kids learn .....

Let me introduce you to a game Japanese kids like to play called "Kancho."

Actually, it's not so much a "game" as it is kids clasping their hands together, sticking out their first fingers, and shoving them up your butt. I'm really not joking.

You know, before we TEACHERS come to Japan, they tell us a lot of ultimately useless stuff. What kind of computer to bring, if our DVD's will work, clothing sizes, that kind of nonsense. Nowhere, and I mean nowhere, in the 3-4 months of orientations did anyone ever mention that at some point, a Japanese kid may try to stick their fingers up our butt. That's something I would have liked to know, personally.


I can get lost in YouTube and Wikipedia!
One night my friend and were up until 4am watching old music videos from the 80s.

I also love YouTube because I can see videos for Japanese bands that I would usually have a hard time getting here. That way, I know what I want to buy!

Kancho was the name of a laxitive!? That's hilarious!!!

I love wikipedia, because I'm an information junkie! I seriously could read it all day long.

I did not mean to type so much, thank very much for your blog, it makes me happy everyday!



Please forgive this digression. Since you mentioned YouTube and anime, I was reminded of a YouTube clip I saw yesterday where Hirano Aya, the seiyu for the character "Suzumiya Haruhi" was interviewed on Japanese tv.


Unfortunately, I don't understand spoken Japanese well enough to pick up exactly why Hirano-san was speaking in a very high-pitched voice. However, this seemed to be a point of contention. I apologize for imposing, but could you explain what was happening with this?

My deepest thanks.

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