Using the internet to dig up some basics in Japanese

by Mark Schreiber

Once, many, many years ago, I found a rail pass someone left behind next to a public pay phone in Hamamatsucho Station in Tokyo's Minato Ward. Before handing in the pass into the stationmaster's office for deposit in the お忘れ物承り所 (o-wasuremono uketamawari-jo, lost-and-found department), I glanced at the owner's name and ...