• Tsurugashima, Saitama


After reading Thomas Dillon’s Aug. 22 column The right word and the right to choose it” and Amy Chavez’s “Oscar the Grouch would be homeless here,” I was struck by the contrast in tone by two long-term foreigners in Japan.

Dillon’s wit and insight bring up the differences while at the same time managing to convey warmth, affection and commonalities between foreigners and the Japanese. His columns tend to leave me feeling good about my life in Japan.

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