Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mistaken Identity

My first vehicle in Japan was a grey van. I live in a small town and the van was great for escaping to go camping or on longer journeys, but if I was just popping down to the shops for … Continue reading

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Good: Kahimi Karie – Do Me Do Me

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Watching the Seasons Turn

Like most foreigners in this country I find it tiresome to hear Japanese people bang on about having four seasons as if this was special and unique. Of course, it is not. In an earlier post I tried to explain … Continue reading

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A Nice Pension

About once or twice a year my wife and I spend a few days relaxing far from home. Usually, we head off to the country and stay in a wooden bungalow where we enjoy a camping experience without the hassles … Continue reading

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Good: Blue Fuji

Submitted to Show Me Japan Vol. 1 Issue 15

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Bad: Riverside Trash

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What’s So Special About Honne and Tatemae?

The concept of honne and tatemae is said to be integral to Japanese society. It is fundamental to understanding how society works here, apparently. Indeed, more than a few nihonjinron protagonists would have you believe that it is nigh on … Continue reading

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