For the troubled Western expat in Japan, the reality of being on another continent can collide with normalized Japanese antisocialism to form a cocktail effective in tuning out a lot of the "just be a normal adult" voices.
The net sum of lying may be similar in Japan and America, but in their acceptance of life exigencies, the Japanese may be more realistic, more charitable and forgiving about the role that deception plays in our social relations.
Moving to Japan makes an infant of us all, regardless of race, sex or creed. A major conflict in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" comes from the fact that Prospero knew the language and Caliban the land, but when you first get to Japan, you know ...
The smartphone demands the attention and occupies the mind of its owner, crowding out the random impressions that — were they observed — might just lead to insights, ideas and novel solutions to seemingly intractable questions.
Amid profits and expansion, why does
Big Eikaiwa keep slamming teachers
— and teaching standards — down year after year? The answer is simple: Because the teachers put up with it, and because the schools have figured this out.
Many of us foreigners living here know deep down that we and many of our friends are at least mild alcoholics, masking each other's addictions, and the allure of alcohol is not an easy monkey to get of your back. It's difficult in any ...