April is approaching and with it comes the start of the new school year. Ordinarily, this would be a time for ceremonies replete with tears and smartphone-captured sentimentality. In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, however, even such small-scale public gatherings are less visible. One ...
For William Lang's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
"If you start to feel disoriented, you're getting it," is how one writer describes the process of losing his sight at the age of 29. And after the disorientation comes the process of rebuilding a life in a foreign country.
We all try to do our part for the environment, William Lang's contribution was "Methuselah," his trusty (and banged up) reusable shopping bag.
The 2010s have flown by and still there is no end in sight for Haruki Murakami's Nobel Prize drought. William Lang offers tips to end this sorry state of affairs.
Eat in or take out? Use cash or card? There are several ways to get around a recent tax hike, but not everyone can take advantage of them.
"Ping-pong, ping-pong! Ping-pong, ping-pong!" The automatic doors slide open and you step onto the mat on the inside of the convenience store. A strong smell of freshly brewed coffee hits you from the counter where a woman is making herself a ¥100 cup. There is ...
There's a certain script that you need to follow when interacting in Japanese. It's a shame nobody told St. Francis Xavier.
Our writer recalls heading to one of the country's biggest outdoor music festivals both as a first-timer and a blind Scotsman.
Writer William Lang says the frankness and openness of Osakans is a common trait of the people he remembers from growing up in Glasgow.