What should you do when one of your Japanese colleagues makes a problematic comment? Sometimes it's best to keep things light.
When you live in Japan your friends are often your main system of support. If they happen to pass while they're here, you can sometimes be asked to step in for a relative.
This rather intense-looking fellow is Satsuki, a name more often given to girls since "satsuki" is a type of azalea. However, it is also what we used to call the month of May according to the old Japanese calendar, and that was when our ...