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It's 2019 and it's time to hit those Japanese textbooks — for real

General Jan 6, 2019

It's 2019 and it's time to hit those Japanese textbooks — for real

Whether you've been here for several days or several decades, listening to fellow expats, immigrants and other non-Japanese residents groaning about their dissatisfaction with their language abilities is nothing new. The advice I've received on how to improve, however, sometimes skews toward the exasperating. I've ...

Off the beaten track with Isabella Bird

Books / Reviews Dec 9, 2017

Off the beaten track with Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird was a tenacious traverser of continents, prolific Victorian era writer and the first woman awarded membership to the U.K.'s Royal Geographical Society. Isabella Bird and Japan: A Reassessment, by Kiyonori Kanasaka, Translated by Nicholas Pertwee. 312 pages RENAISSANCE BOOKS, Nonfiction. Wait, who? As famous explorers and all-around ...

Global citizen keen to take on new environments

People | The Big Questions Dec 3, 2017

Global citizen keen to take on new environments

Fikdanel Thaufik cannot pinpoint exactly how many languages he speaks. "For sure, Indonesian," Thaufik said laughing. "And English — that's international." But as the vice president and representative of Garuda Indonesia's Japan, Korea, and U.S. regions slowly lists off languages, whereas most of us ...