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B-san’s Blog

The work and life of a Community Education Manager in Japan

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Hi! I’m Ben, or B-san. I work at Automattic, as a Community Education Manager in the open-source WordPress project.

I’m a Christian, a husband, and a “father” to an adorable puppy Forte. I was born in Australia, but have lived pretty much my whole life in Japan.

This blog is a space where I share personal events happening in my life. My Treasure Box series is a collection of particularly special memories I’m keeping a record of so that I can come back and reflect on in future.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Recent Posts ~

  • A Haircut at Home (Treasure Box 13)

    A Haircut at Home (Treasure Box 13)

    This week, Japan has lifted the national emergency proclamation, and life is slowly starting to move back to normal. The “lockdown” situation in Japan has been very different to that of other countries. The government mandated the closure of some stores, but many were left to themselves to decide if they would close or not. […]

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  • Apple Blossoms (Treasure Box 12)

    Apple Blossoms (Treasure Box 12)

    Hi all! Sorry for the hiatus there. I was doing so well with my blogging streak this year, having posted 18 times in the first 19 weeks of the year! But then I caught a virus… The doctor thinks it may have been COVID, but I didn’t qualify for the test here in Japan, so […]

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  • Colorful Biscuits (Treasure Box 11)

    Colorful Biscuits (Treasure Box 11)

    Note: You’ll want to read the entire post to come to the same surprise ending as we did ?? My wife and I both like to cook. We like trying new recipes and then compiling the best dishes into our own recipe card box. Lately, I’ve been cooking breakfasts on my day off, and there […]

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  • The Happiness Engineer Role is Open!

    The Happiness Engineer Role is Open!

    Hi Everyone! I have some big news to share… The Happiness Engineer role is once again open to new applicants! What is a Happiness Engineer? Happiness Engineers are what we call the customer support representatives at Automattic. Our purpose in the company is to engineer happiness, both for the customer and the company. We are […]

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  • Easter 2020 (Treasure Box 10)

    Easter 2020 (Treasure Box 10)

    Easter is a major event for us Christians each year. It is a time where we especially reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of our Saviour and the salvation He provides through that. This year, like the rest of the world, we celebrated Easter at home. We attended church via YouTube live stream in […]

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  • Boiled Egg Drawings – 2

    Boiled Egg Drawings – 2

    Last month, I introduced my first “official” boiled egg drawing. (You can check that out here: Boiled Egg Drawings – 1) The rules are simple. My wife boils some eggs, hands me a pen, and gives me a topic to draw there on the spot. It’s just a bit of silly fun we’re having while […]

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