I’ve contributed a new comic for Big Ugly Robot Comics’ fall subscriptions, full of the usual misery and and toilet humour. There look set to be lots of really cool comics coming up from myself and pals, and you can subscribe here:
I thought I’d better mention that the person on Twitter called “Little in Japan” isn’t actually me, although I have enough in common with the guy (English teacher in Japan, etc.) that a lot of people assume it’s me. So naturally I cringe when he posts nuclear meltdown gags and claims to be a sexy ladies’ man who can “help you” be an English teach in Japan.
I am on Twitter as @pubgoblin (https://twitter.com/Pubgoblin) so follow me there if you like.
Before I started this site I used to write another blog, Gaijin Tonic, mainly about drinking and parties. After years of visiting seemingly every weird novelty bar and boozy festival in town, I ran out of things to write about, and my liver was screaming for a break. But despite the design and much of the content looking like remnants from an ancient civilization, that site still gets more hits than this!
I thought I’d be eco-friendly and recycle, by sharing some of the more popular Gaijin Tonic posts here:
Land of the Rising Blood-Alcohol Level
Bizarre bar Names
The Weird and Wonderful World of Japanese Booze
Crazy Japanese Club Flyers
Japanese Drinking Games
Japanese Hangover Cures
I thought this would be a good place to showcase the talents of some of the Japanese students I have taught over the years. I think you’ll find the English skills of these children are a testament to my prowess as a teacher.
This first grader, for example, has a good grasp of classroom language:
Meanwhile, this sixth grader has a firm grip on the usage of interjections:
I actively encourage my female pupils to be confident in class, and endeavour to transcend the limitations a male-dominated society puts on them. As you can see from the whiteboard graffiti below, my efforts have not been in vain:
Under my tutelage, students’ writing abilities flourish. The boy who wrote the answers below spelled all the words except “pizza” correctly:
As well as writers, I often discover budding artists in my classroom. Art helps young people express themselves in a healthy way. Among the artworks I have found, there is this portrait of me, burping and farting:
As you can see, the academic achievements of my young charges are sure to be second to none.
Another webcomic I enjoy reading, “Life In Japan” by Victor Edison, is coming to an end (or going on an extended hiatus for a while). This comic is a charming, light-hearted read, a bit like Sazae-San or The Family Circus, so it provides a nice contrast to my wretched tales of misery and depravity. If you want to see the nicer side of Japan, explore the archives here: