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Thomas Dillon
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Dec 6, 2013
Feasting at the Hooters 'breastaurant': Wise old owls ought to know better
How should I play my first visit to Hooters, the land of hamburgers and hot pants? Should I go highbrow? Or low? I turn to my guide for, uh, guidance. 'Well, their motto is 'Delightfully tacky.' What do you think?'
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Nov 22, 2013
¥500: the most expensive coin in the world, kinda
I am fond of that big coin, for a bevy or reasons. It's a relationship I dub 'The king and I.'
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Nov 8, 2013
Escaping blame for an 'anus crime' by the seat of my pants
So there my wife sits before the tube — almost every night — with her electronic dictionary on and the Japanese subtitles off, soaking in the colorful language of law and lawbreaking.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Oct 25, 2013
Nothing shouts 'Japan!' like a housewife, her Pomeranian and a fish
Halloween is almost here,' he tells me — 'he' being a friend with a passion for holidays — 'and I need a costume! Something that shouts 'Japan!' Any ideas
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
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.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Sep 27, 2013
When worlds collide
My Japanese language skills mostly stink. And always have.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
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.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
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?"
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Aug 16, 2013
Some words of self-introduction
Ask what's good about life in Japan and answers always vary.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Aug 2, 2013
Guts, glory and shaved ice: Koshien baseball
Summer is not summer in Japan without two things: 1. Heat (OK, so maybe it's not the heat, it's the humidity); and 2 . . .
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jul 19, 2013
Knocking on knickknacks
My grandma used to be the easiest of all my relatives to buy souvenirs for.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jul 5, 2013
Stressing on stress
The Internet is ablaze with lists suggesting ways to fight back against the deadliest foe of modern man — stress.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jun 22, 2013
The death of civilization
I once had this Japanese student who told me he could tell a book's publisher from the smell.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jun 8, 2013
A great big one up on the roof
A Japanese colleague trying to improve her English via episodes of the TV sitcom "Friends" once asked me this . . .
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
May 25, 2013
The junkie and his fix
"Weird," he says. "Give me something weird."
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
May 11, 2013
What my dentist wants to know
"Ever thought to change your nationality?"
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Apr 27, 2013
Carping on carp
Whenever you find someone tossing bits of bread into a pond, you have to assume this:
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Apr 13, 2013
Golf and Japanese mania for order and rules
If you haven't noticed, the most popular sports in sports-zany Japan are imports. Homegrown offerings — sumo, judo, karate and so on — rank more like your mom's oatmeal cookies.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Mar 30, 2013
Awakening the echoes — loud ones
I sit at a table, drinking with an old friend with whom I share a lot, and not just bar tabs. We have both gulped away most of our adult lives in Japan.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Mar 16, 2013
Cheering for cherries
If the Grinch — that well-known wet blanket of holiday mirth — were both a betting man and Japanese, it wouldn't be Christmas he was after. Nor New Year's, nor the Emperor's birthday, nor Golden Week, nor National Toilet Day (Nov. 10. Mark it down).

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