End of Term Gifts and Games

January 23, 2019 David Hurley 0

One of my “teaching gigs” is at Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages, HCFL or “Gaigo” for short. “Gaigo” or 「外語」 is the abbreviation of the Japanese name, 広島外語専門学校, Hiroshima Gaigo Senmon Gakko. A “senmon gakko” is a vocational college and the courses last for two years as opposed to three [Read more…]

Rakurakuen Hiroshima Ekiden Festival

January 21, 2019 David Hurley 0

Here are some photos and videos of the scene in Rakurakuen during the Hiroshima Ekiden – the prefectural relay marathon – that ran from Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima City to Miyajimaguchi and back on Sunday afternoon. Rakurakuen is approximately halfway between Hiroshima city centre and the island [Read more…]

100 Yen Beers At Yataizushi Rakurakuen

January 17, 2019 David Hurley 0

The Rakurakuen grapevine was buzzing the other day with news that Yataizushi, the sushi-izakaya opposite Rakurakuen tram-stop, 寿司居酒屋 や台ずし 楽々園駅前町, was offering 100 yen beers all evening from Tuesday to Thursday of this week. I mentioned this to my loquacious quaffing partner, Brendan McG. and we agreed on popping into the [Read more…]

Surprise Birthday Treats In The Letter Box

January 15, 2019 David Hurley 0

I returned home from a class today to find two parcels in the letter box. Two books that I’d more or less forgotten that I’d ordered. Their arrival was timely as today is my birthday. One is The City and Man by Leo Strauss. The other is Machiavelli’s God by [Read more…]

Jon Taffer on Moving Your Balls Every Day

March 14, 2018 David Hurley 0

I was listening to Lewis Howes interviewing Jon Taffer on The School Of Greatness. At the 30 minute mark Taffer talked about how he deals with having multiple projects on the go: “You know, I wake up every day and I think to myself, I’ve got these twelve balls on [Read more…]