Author Archives: Dr. J.H. Watson

About Dr. J.H. Watson

I’m a New Zealander, in my 30s, and until recently I lived in rural Japan. I have interests in history, pop culture, video games, and the clever use of language.

Kouki and the Strong No

  Gather round, everyone, it’s story time.  You might remember I used to teach English in Japan. Well, that brought me into contact with a wide variety of students, among them several dozen pre-schoolers. And it is here that our … Continue reading

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Really That Bad?: Vampire Holmes

You voted. We watched. This is the third instalment of a series of conversations between Artemis and myself about anime that have, for whatever reason, been deemed as worthy contenders for the title of Worst Anime of All Time. As … Continue reading

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Bad and Wrong History Lessons: Pirates vs. Samurai

There’s nothing complicated about the system I have here: I write articles based on what I feel like talking about. If I’ve been thinking about writing, you get an article on that; if I’ve been watching anime that’s what I … Continue reading

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Really That Bad? Hand Shakers

You voted. We watched. This is the second instalment of a series of conversations between Artemis and myself about anime that have, for whatever reason, been deemed as worthy contenders for the title of Worst Anime of All Time. As … Continue reading

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Adventures with Rice Cookers

One of the staples appliances in any Japanese kitchen is the humble rice cooker. At any traditional Japanese meal rice goes without saying and likely comes without asking; as a result every kitchen needs a way to produce it quickly … Continue reading

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Really That Bad? Mirage of Blaze

  You voted, we watched. This is the first instalment of what will likely be a series of articles conversations between Artemis and I about anime that have, for whatever reason, been deemed as worthy contenders for the title of … Continue reading

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Nanami and the Five Whys

One of the best things about teaching in Japan was that most of my students were quite young. Most of them hadn’t developed the reserve that Japanese people are known for, and once they got to know you they were … Continue reading

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Hiatus

Summer is officially over here in NZ, and we are starting to see the first truly autumnal weather of the year. As some readers will be aware, the pace of work has very much increased over the last few weeks, … Continue reading

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Warfighter: Middle Earth

Originally posted on The Angry Staff Officer:
When I think of the six warfighting functions I always think of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. What, you don’t? Let’s be honest, one does not immediately think of fantasy or science…

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Tastes of NZ

Way back in the mists of time, I wrote a couple of articles about both convenience foods and drinks that you might encounter in Japan. It’s been almost a year since I arrived back in NZ, but for some reason … Continue reading

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