Finding a job in Japan
2018年3月29日, 作成者 : James
It's sakura season in Tokyo this week. Colorful bunches of sakura flowers blossom on the trees, giving normally level-headed Tokyo-ites a reason to gather their friends for picnics and drinking at any park that isn't already overrun with people.
I had a proud tradition for the last 7 or 8 springs of going to several "hanami" parties, which literally means flower ...続きを読む
Two men and a Kei-Tora
2018年2月27日, 作成者 : James
I'm currently paying two rents. My new apartment and my previous hole-in-the-wall have leases that overlap by a month and a half. If there's one truth about modern Tokyo life that foreigners and Japanese alike can agree on - it's that housing in Japan is ridiculously expensive.
In my mind, I envision Japanese realtors as greedy little beady-eyed scam artists rubbing their tiny ...続きを読む
The Special Japanese Skill of Copying Stuff
2017年12月26日, 作成者 : James
I was watching a video about the original Fleischer Superman Cartoons from 1942, as one is wont to do at a job with ample free time, and I was kind of amazed at the quality of the episodes. Apparently these were pretty ground-breaking animations at the time, when cartoons were still considered childish and nobody had ...続きを読む
Why does Japan have such a positive image in the west?
2017年11月14日, 作成者 : James
I couldn't help but think about all the articles saying that "trains are never late in Japan" this morning on the packed platform at my train station in central Tokyo, while waiting for my late train.
When I finally got on, it was muggy and hot. It's always muggy and hot on the train. The reality that Japanese ...続きを読む
Reverse Culture Shock
2017年11月02日, 作成者 : James
Tomorrow I fly out of Narita for the long quest back to the States. It wouldn't be wrong to call it a voyage. It's an hour long bus ride to the airport, 12 hour flight to a hub, hour flight to my hometown, and a 45 minute car ride from there to my actual hometown. All in all, it generally takes about 18 hours total.
The low hum of plane engines, and the stale in-flight air aren't ...続きを読む