Thomas Dillon

For Thomas Dillon's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Oct 11, 2013

Cryptomeria in thrilling 3D

"Here," he says and plops down a manuscript. He has eyes so earnest they gleam like headlights on bright. "I have written a screenplay." And now, I think, is the time to run. To tell him I've got a train to catch, a job to do, ...

| Sep 27, 2013

When worlds collide

My Japanese language skills mostly stink. And always have. Yet it's an odor to which I've grown accustomed. My excuse is that I came here to work, had little time for study and when I found I could get by, that's just what I did. I ...

| Sep 13, 2013

My day at the races

The surface of the coffee in my Starbucks cup begins its gentle dance, the signal to lift my head. No, this is not "Jurassic Park" and the vibration is not due to an approaching T-Rex. It's Takadanobaba and the train station quivers with the force ...

| Aug 30, 2013

How the West was lost — almost

"How was your trip to Las Vegas?" grins this friend who knows I never gamble. "Did you win a million bucks?" Not exactly. The truth is I nearly lost everything — twice. So he asks to hear the story about a trip I took in early ...

| Aug 16, 2013

Some words of self-introduction

Ask what's good about life in Japan and answers always vary. One foreign resident's passion is often another's poison and you can count on similar divergence with what makes Japan difficult. Language, commuter trains, high costs, big bugs — everyone has their own particular bur ...