Turn and face the strange
Pretty soon now, you're gonna get older

Rolling Stone suggested that the lyrics to "Changes" by David Bowie could be "construed as a young man's attempt to reckon how he'll react when it's his time to be on the maligned side of the generation schism."

A generation is often marked by the passing of 20 years, and as we begin the second decade of the new millennium and complete my own personal "generation" in Japan, journey back with me to the way things were when I first arrived in this country on Nov. 14, 1990.