"Will you look at the price of this chocolate?"
All the homestays I have done in my life — three of them — were psychologically traumatic in uniquely torturous ways.
"It was that mikan."
Robert Kodama asked passers-by in Japan's mercantile capital about two traits often mentioned in the same breath as "Japanese people."
"Otsukaresamadeshita. You must be tired after running."
"Did you see that martian movie with Matt Damon in it? What was that called again?"
"What time do we have to leave tomorrow?"
A guided tour of Shibuya Ward with wheelchair users brings home how much still needs to be done to accommodate tourists with disabilities.
"The subject of today's lesson is 'Time.' To begin, I'd like to ask you some introductory questions. For example, 'What do you think about people who are always late?'"
The first in a series of selections of unpublished letters about Community stories from the year just passed.
Japan is an easy place to foster self-delusion, and a failure at comedy is like a bucket of ice water to the face.
"What is that taste? Barley?"