How to get a job in Japan

For many years it has been my dream to live in Japan. Now that I’m finally here, I thought it would be a good idea to share what I’ve learned with those who have the same dream. In fact, it was a question by my friend Ilona that gave me the idea to write this. This article will focus on becoming an English teacher, but the basic advice can apply to any industry. Simply replace “English teacher” with your field, and there you go. Let’s get started.

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How could it be 2020?

Seriously! 2020 is a science fiction year! It’s the year of “Cyberpunk 2020.” We’ve already passed Blade Runner and Crysis. Before this decade is over we’ll have caught up to Terminator! What is happening?!?

Anyway, 2019 was a pretty momentous year for me. Come with me as I journey back in time and halfway across the world.

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Metal Gear [1987/07/13] |MSX2| HONORABLE MENTION

1987 was a very difficult year to evaluate. There were many, many great games that didn’t quite make the cut to receive a game appreciation article. Even more difficult was choosing which game ought to receive an honorable mention. I desperately wanted to include Final Fantasy, a buggy grind-fest, Contra, the game that popularized the Konami code because it’s unreasonably difficult, and Rock Man (Mega Man in the U.S.), which was a rough draft of the masterpiece Rock Man 2. I had to pick only one game, however, and for better or worse Metal Gear won out. So let’s take a look.

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Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! [1987-11-21] (Famicom)

It’s great to live in America, the land of opportunity, where any boy can grow up to be the queen. In the Punch-Out!! series, you play the role of underdog boxer “Little” Mac, a new, up-and-coming fighter set on claiming the championship title. But standing between you and the title is none other than world-renowned boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson! Lend me your ear and I’ll tell you why this game is amazing.

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Modern scholarship is a sad joke

The following article is a satirical take on the way that modern scholars write about medieval and ancient history.


“US’s Founding: Separating Fact from Fable”

by Dr. IhaveaPhD Whichmakesmesmarterthanyou

July 4th, 3010

Across the country millions of classics-aficionados will be celebrating the 1,234th anniversary of US’s founding today. But although most understand that the significance of July 4th, 1776 is purely fictional, they struggle to understand just where to draw the line between fact and fable. Drawing from the most up-to-date scholarship, I will sort out the facts of US’s founding.

According to American mythology, US was originally made up of colonies under the British crown. Although historians are certain that the British Empire had some colonies around the world at that time, there is severe doubt that any ships ever made trans-Atlantic voyages before 1812. [1] As the story goes, colonists led by a mythical group of tribal elders called the “Founding Fathers” revolted against the crown and seceded from the British Empire. They then won their victory after a long war (an impossible task given the immense military might of the British Empire) and became an independent confederation of sovereign states. The date for this independence is traditionally given as 1776, although some sources state that US did not begin until 1789, as this was the inauguration year of the first president, George Washington. [2]

George Washington was the mythical first president of US. Modern historians universally agree that he never existed. [3] His first name was borrowed from the reigning English king, King George III whose existence is attested from other sources, and his last name came from the capital city of Washington DC. George Washington was created to give prestige to the city–according to American mythology the city was named after the person, whereas modern scholars are certain that the city’s name was retroactively applied to the mythical person. [4] Several stories survive from George Washington’s life, and they all serve to affirm that he was a purely mythical figure. He was said to have had wooden teeth, and at some point during his childhood he is said to have confessed to chopping down his father’s cherry tree, saying, “I cannot tell a lie; it was I.” [5] As a general who fought in the War of Independence, Washington was said to have crossed the Delaware River on Christmas to launch a surprise attack on the British. Archaeologists have found no evidence of such a river crossing, and this story is obviously political propaganda that made Americans seem invincible. That perceived invincibility was bolstered further by the story of Washington and his soldiers braving the harsh, cold winter in Valley Forge. This story is not considered the least bit accurate because global warming would have made Valley Forge comfortable even in the dead of winter.

The city of Washington DC was, at first, also purely mythological. Washington DC was always afforded reverence and awe throughout American mythology, and was seen as a place where great American moments happened. For example, a preacher named Martin Luther King, Jr. was said to have given a famous speech in front of the National Mall to a crowd of thousands. [6] This speech was probably made up by a Christian historian at a later date. The National Mall was set on one side by a statue of the mythical Abraham Lincoln (perhaps a confused memory of the Biblical Abraham?) and the Washington Monument on the other. The Washington Monument was an obelisk that was said to be 555 feet and 5 inches tall. [7] This is obviously the work of a very fertile imagination! If such a monument ever existed, we can be certain that it was not to such a specification. 555’5″ makes for an entertaining story, but it is hardly a real structural measurement.

Sources state that the capital of US was Washington DC, but earlier sources from before 1790 say that it was Philadelphia. [8] Because historians recognize that older sources are generally more reliable, Philadelphia is considered to be the true capital of US for at least the first 150 years of the nation’s existence. Washington DC seems to have evolved out of an American ideal. Even before the nation’s founding, a preacher named John Winthrop wrote a poignant message called “City upon a hill” that called for Americans to practice good conduct. [9] It is possible that this evolved into the idea of a literal city representing the best of America, and Washington DC was this realized ideal. Later on there was a real city named Washington DC and it is probable that Philadelphia was renamed to Washington DC as a political move by the president to secure support from the American people. The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is often confused for the Philadelphia that became Washington DC.

The first historically attested US president was Richard Nixon, for his name appears on the Lunar Plaque which lies on the Moon. [10] This was the result of the fabled “space race” of the Cold War. Surviving sources claim that the “space race” was the idea of the president JFK, who was assassinated in 1963. JFK was said to be assassinated by a lone sniper, but this was debunked by Oliver Stone’s film “JFK.” [11] Although Stone’s film has been lost, it demonstrated that JFK could not have been killed by a lone gunman, and this assessment makes more sense once we understand that JFK was not a single person. Rather JFK was an amalgam of tribal chieftains from US’s three most powerful tribes who lent their initials to the acronym: the Jacksonians for J, the Federalists for F, and the Klansmen for K. These three together composed the council of JFK. [12] Later generations made up the name “John Fitzgerald Kennedy” and retroactively applied it to JFK, and thus he was eventually seen as a single person. After key members of JFK were assassinated in 1963, the nation was vulnerable to a power vacuum. Two of the tribes, J and F, banded together to share political power evenly amongst themselves. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, a crushing blow was dealt to the Klansmen who then lost power. [13] The remaining two factions then evolved into the Democrats and Republicans. The Democrats, formerly the Jacksonians, traced their lineage back to the mythical founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson. Some sources say that JFK’s successor was LBJ, but modern scholars are unsure what to make of this.

The Republicans tended to revere certain leaders such as the semi-legendary president Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was an actor who dabbled in politics, although there is no evidence that he ever became president. Another Republican president named Donald Trump was also an actor and prolific businessman, and it has been suggested that Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump were the same person; the names Ronald and Donald are only one letter apart, so it is possible that over the centuries their names and identities became conflated. Ronald Reagan was said to have ended the Cold War, but the events surrounding this are spurious at best.

The Cold War was supposedly fought between US and USSR. In 1957 USSR was said to have launched the first artificial satellite into space. [14] The only other surviving source says that the satellite was launched by CCCP, however. [15] Although the sources disagree on the name of the country, they both agree that the year was 1957. The satellite launch was followed by the aforementioned “space race.” Although pseudohistorical sources such as “PBS” [16] and “Discovery Channel” [17] claim that the “space race” ended in 1969, there is evidence that extraterrestrial rivalry continued between US and USSR (if we assume that the USSR was US’s enemy during the Cold War, which some scholars dispute [18]). Supposedly the Cold War ended because USSR could no longer afford to compete with US’s expensive space initiatives, the most infamous of which was “Star Wars.” According to the pseudohistorical sources, “Star Wars” was an advanced Strategic Defense Initiative which was designed to protect US from space. Scholars universally agree that no country back then possessed the requisite technology to carry out warfare in space. [19]

The accepted explanation for Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” is that differing pieces of information were blended together over the centuries. Historians have discovered a film franchise called “Star Wars,” the first installment of which was made in 1977. Because Ronald Reagan was a film actor in the late 20th century and Star Wars was a late 20th century film franchise, scholars surmise that later historians thought that either the “Star Wars” films were non-fiction or that their name applied to a real government program. [20] Thus, although we know that Ronald Reagan was a real person, at least in name, very few details about his life or career can be stated confidently. It was not until the late 21st century that we begin to have a mostly factual history of US.

Scholars may never know the true details of America’s formative early centuries, and our job is not made any easier by different dates that are floating around (don’t even get me started on the mythological 1607 founding of Jamestown!) but that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate the idea of US. Just please remember to separate history from pseudohistory, and fact from fiction. Listen to modern scholars. We know what we’re talking about.




Scholars’ statements that inspired me to write this article:

  • Romulus never existed. He was said to have been suckled by a she-wolf and because that one thing didn’t really happen, nothing in his life really happened.
  • Romulus was named after Rome, not the other way around, because that somehow makes sense. If the person was named after the city, then why was he called “Romulus” instead of “Romus?” Don’t ask me. I’m just here to say that things are false without any evidence to back up my claims.
  • Even though I begrudgingly admit that Troy was a real city and the Trojan War really happened, I can confidently declare that Aeneas and Ascanius never existed, and Trojans never migrated to Italy or Britain or anywhere else after the war.
  • None of the Roman kings existed, or they were legendary.
  • Eudaf Hen and Octavius “Eudaf Hen” can’t possibly be the same person.
  • King Arthur never existed, and none of the British kings before him existed either.
  • None of the kings of Kvenland existed. None of the Norse kings existed. No viking before Harald Bluetooth existed. Scandinavia simply emerged out of the sea in 900 AD fully-populated.
  • All of the historical sources attesting to their existence are automatically pseudo-history, because I have a PhD and that makes me smarter than you.
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth: liar. Nennius: liar. Gildas: liar. Every historian who disagrees with me: liar. Karl Marx: brilliant, accurate, insightful, a god among men.
  • Every ancient historian I agree with is truthful, even if they are less reliable than the historians I disagree with and label “pseudo-historians.”
  • Barry Fell made a few mistakes in his work, so no one crossed the Atlantic before Christopher Columbus.
  • I freely admit that everything that Manetho wrote is a lie, but he’s the only ancient Egyptian historian there is, so I believe him.
  • If the Jews crossed the Sinai desert, there should still be archaeological evidence after 2,500 years despite the near-constant desert crossings by Bedouins, the treading of wild animals, and weather.
  • Nothing in the Bible before II Kings is true, because I disagree with it. Oh sure, I recant my beliefs every couple of years when new findings prove me wrong, but I’m always right because I live in the 21st century and that makes me better than the people who were actually there at the time. Subscribe to “Biblical Archaeology Review.”
  • (Various other assorted claims)

If you would like to read a book that tears into modern scholars while defending the writings of Nennius and others, I highly recommend that you read After the Flood by Bill Cooper. Also, don’t watch Oliver Stone’s film. It’s full of crap, and that’s why I included it as a “reliable source” in the article.

A History of Japanese Writing before 1600

From Pimiko to Fimiko?

A history of Japanese writing before 1600

知由字己久加良加旡之乃由仁由字 (中国から漢字の輸入)

The history of Japanese writing is a relatively short but eventful one. In the span of only a couple of centuries the Japanese people went from having no writing system at all to having one of the richest and most complex. Fortunately, because Japanese writing is so young we know a great deal about its origins. The 807 AD work Kogojuui (“Gleanings from the ancient language”) stated in its preface that writing was not known to the Japanese people until Chinese script was imported via Korea.[1] A 13th century commentary on Nihon Shoki, however, claimed that writing had existed in Japan since time immemorial, and the so-called “language of the gods” was supplanted by Chinese script.[2] Debate raged on for centuries over which assertion was the correct one. There was a certain appeal to believing that the gods themselves had granted writing to the Japanese people, and so this belief came about long after everyone who knew the truth firsthand had died of old age.

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