Of Crab Legs and Condoms

I've written before of how my lovely spouse has, from time to time, been confused by English phrases. Over the holidays there was another incident. It all started when Wifey’s good friend and fellow AJF (alpha Japanese female) telephoned her with the great good news that their youngest daughter had just presented the family with... Continue Reading →


The title says "Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu," the formal version of "Happy New Year" in Japanese. In our mixed ethnicity household we celebrate New Year's in a "shared style" which means mostly that my Japanese wife makes the rules and sets the plans while I am free to share my opinions with Max provided we are... Continue Reading →

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