Saturday, 17 March 2007


Get it?? webLAWg?? Brilliant, no??.............. Hmm....... maybe not...... at any rate, I don't normally keep blogs but I figured a blog would be a great way to chronicle my adventures in Japan.

In case you haven't heard, I've just been accepted for the Shiramizu Karate Internship. I'll be in Japan from July 2007 to July 2008 and basically it's a chance for me to go to Japan and train martial arts with some of the top sensei's in the world. As well as training in the Shiramizu dojo, I'll be teaching English as a means of paying the rent, cell phone bill, and otherwise staying alive.
The town I'm in is called Sugito, about an hour's train ride northeast of Tokyo. It's not very big both area wise and population wise. At 30 square km, it's probably the size of UBC. And at 45,000 people, about the same density too.

There have been other interns before me so the people involved know what's going on and have things all set up, like the inn I'll be staying at and the kindergarten I (might) teach at.

In the mean time, I'll be updating this blog sporadically until the day I leave. Then the posts will be much more regular (once a week I'm hoping) and come with pictures. This way at least I won't seem like I've dropped off the face of the Earth.

And I won't have to retell all my tales of adventure to everyone........ I'll just direct them to this blog. Genius!

Anyway, I just thought I should put this first post up as background. And if you're expecting typical Lawrence jokes and humour, I promise all the following ones will contain much more. Til then........