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
Safety in Japan
2017年10月03日, 作成者 : James
While walking through the Shizuoka countryside last weekend, I noticed all the open windows, unlocked doors, and occasional bikes unlocked on front porches. This isn't necessarily uncommon in small towns in any country, but Japan enjoys a great image of having a low crime rate and peaceful society.
Police officers here seem to spend more time yelling through megaphones at crowds ...続きを読む
Matsuri Festival Season
2017年9月07日, 作成者 : James
My favorite thing about Japanese summers is going to matsuri.
Matsuri are Japanese street festivals of varying sizes that happen in every nook and cranny of Japan. In Tokyo, most individual areas have their own small shrines, and shrines have mobile temples housing local gods. The locals dress up, get drunk, eat street food, and carry these mini temples through the ...続きを読む
Explaining Things in Japanese
2017年8月29日, 作成者 : James
I've been eating, drinking, working, and just generally living in Tokyo for the last 7 years now. I've grown accustomed to most of the minor inconveniences of city life, and most cultural differences don't bother me too much any more. I shuffle through Tokyo train station every morning on my way to work, just a black face in a sea of salarymen with holes where their youthful spirits used ...続きを読む