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Ramsay Ramblings 5/6/2008

There are lots of little things to talk about this week, so here’s another dose of Ramsay Ramblings!

May 5th was Children’s Day

Mami and I have a little boy, and this year was his first Children’s Day. Thomas wrote all about Koinobori, Japanese Carp Streamers, so I’ll skip the detail and get to the photos:

Japanese Carp Streamers - Koinobori

Our Koinobori – Japanese Carp Streamers

Children\'s Day Kintarou Cake

A Kintarou cake

Mochi rice cakes wrapped in kashiwa

Kawashi-mochi – rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves

Rikuto enjoying his first Children\'s Day

Rikuto celebrates his first Children’s Day at the park

Those bloomin’ berks at Bloomberg published the suicide gas recipe

Of all the dumb things I’ve seen, Bloomberg published the “recipe” to the poisonous concoction of household cleaning chemicals that people have been using to kill themselves in Japan lately. Shane kicked up a storm and we all pitched in. In the end, Bloomberg edited the dangerous parts of the article, so hooray for us! πŸ˜€

Making a start on WritingWorkbooks.com

I had a good response to the post about my dot com lifestyle, and was encouraged to talk more about what I do for a living. It seems I’ve inspired a few people to earn some money online, including my mum, so I’ve started some behind-the-scenes work on a joint project with her, taking advantage of her experience as a primary school teacher.

The idea is to make a large number of handwriting practice workbooks for children, each book based on an elementary school subject, such as dinosaurs and weather. Each page of each book will have a traceable general knowledge fact about a chosen school subject, and the books will of course be for free.

I already have a website in the “handwriting” niche, so WritingWorkbooks.com should complement it well. My mum is the perfect partner since she knows so much about the curriculum and knows exactly what teachers and parents need for their children.

In picking this topic for a site, I considered:

  1. Do I know enough about the topic? – Including my mum, yes.
  2. Will people find it useful? – My mum thinks so.
  3. Will it cost me anything? – $10 for the domain name. I already have the $100 fonts.
  4. Will it need ongoing work? – Not after it’s finished.
  5. How will I monetize it? – Probably with Adsense. Decide later.

The beauty of a site like this is that it requires no maintenance. A blog always needs new material, but sites like this can be built and left alone. That leaves you free to build more and more. That’s why I don’t worry too much about its earnings potential. Once you’ve got your starting costs back, it’s pure, passive income.

Jason got hitched! Congratulations!

Jason Irwin, has tied the knot. He had a long-distance relationship for nearly two years with his bride-to-be, Reiko, but after a succession of trips between Canada and Japan, they finally live together as husband and wife in the same city as me, Kakamigahara. In a related post, Jason poses the interesting question, is the distinction between the online world and reality fading?

Ramsay, Mark 1 launches into cyberspace

Speaking of online relationships, my brother, Mark, has discovered the internet for the first time. He is a complete newbie, so I’m helping him learn all the basics (left-click, right-click, drag and drop) before he joins me on our joint project, VirtualTripping.com. He’s already taken to the net like a duck to water, managing to watch 652 YouTube videos in his first four days online! It should be fun blogging with him on VT, so swing by and join the Ramsay brothers as we send blog “post” cards from Google Earth.

Remembering our wedding

With all the excitement of Rikuto’s birth, I completely forgot about our second wedding anniversary! Mami and I tied the knot two years ago today, so I thought I’d take a little trip down memory lane and tell you about how special that day was.

The French restaurant our wedding was held at.We officially registered our marriage on the 22nd, now Rikuto’s birthday, but had the ceremony on a warm, slightly overcast yet otherwise perfect Sunday in the Japanese summertime. With my family unable to make the long trip from England to visit, there was no pressure to have a large, elaborate, western-style wedding which has become so common in modern Japan. Instead we opted for a comparatively smaller event in a delightful French restaurant, organised by friends and attended by about forty people close to our hearts.

The ceremony.Our priest wasn’t a real priest at all, but rather than paying an English teacher to masquerade as a one, we asked a good friend to perform the ceremony for us. He was so nervous, but he did a wonderful job, conducting the service in both Japanese and English, so my parents could understand when they watched the video.

Mami gave her vows in Japanese, and I gave mine in English. When it came time to put the ring on her finger, I accidentally picked up my ring by mistake, but when it slid on her finger far too easily and she squeezed my hand angrily, I recognised my mistake and switched it for her smaller version without anyone else noticing!

Wedding speechesMy best friend in Japan had contacted my parents and asked them to send a speech for him to read at the wedding. This was a wonderful gesture and the speech was so personal, my parents may as well have been there in the room with us. He then went on to give his own endearing speech which had both Mami and I in tears, and one of my wife’s closest friends gave an equally touching, and fun-filled speech in the form of a doctor’s prescription, outlining carefully how the patient, Mami, should be treated!

A guest appearance by Michael Jackson!The party had all the elements of a professional wedding: music, speeches, cake cutting, great food, a beautiful speech from Mami to her mother – which had everyone balling their eyes out with tears of happiness, photoshoots, a bouquet for one lucky bridesmaid, and even – unlike a typical wedding for sure – a guest appearance from Michael Jackson himself!

The after-wedding party!Later in the evening, we let our hair down, put on the hawaiian shirts, and partied on the rooftop of a hotel until we were all so drunk we couldn’t stand up any longer. It was, without any doubt or regret, the best wedding day either of us could have imagined, and the memories will keep us smiling for long to come.

Now with Rikuto’s birthday so close, I have no excuse to forget our anniversary again! Perhaps Mami will need to make a little bear to join these two she made for our wedding…

Mami's homemade wedding bears

Note: Although this post is dated July 25th, our anniversary was the 24th. By the time I finished this, it was past midnight and a new day had begun!