Our Lives | WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST Sep 15, 1999

Obtrusive nails, squeaky wheels

Not so very often I recall the following words of advice from my dear old mother, a tiding of the heart delivered straight from parent to child. "Whatever you do," she would instruct, "be sure to change your underwear." For what if I forgot and then ...

Our Lives | WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST Sep 1, 1999

The 'S' word makes a happy marriage

The time has come in this column to finally discuss that passionate act that lies at the core of many an international romance. Yes, it's time for the "S" word. Shopping. Like many males, my own interest in shopping can best be expressed by the well-known ...

Our Lives | WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST Aug 18, 1999

You're only as old as you tell

Here is a scenario that happens in the first hour of every single new English conversation class in Japan _ a sort of annual rite of spring. The teacher allows the students a few free questions. Sooner much rather than later someone raises an eager ...

Our Lives | WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST Jun 2, 1999

Wham bam, no thanks ma'am

Now it can be told. When I first came to Japan, I didn't believe in yakuza . Yes, I had seen Robert Mitchum and Ken Takakura wipe out a whole nest of them in their 1975 action film "The Yakuza," but left the theater that ...