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A prized time in Japan: Golden Week

2 May 2016 / Comments: 0

Golden week (GW) is often the longest vacation of the year for Japanese workers. It is also one of the nicest time, weather-wise, tucked between winter and the rain season (which itself precedes scorching summers). A lot of Japanese choose to

If you get lost in Japan

25 April 2016 / Comments: 0

One of the many things that are great about Japan is how Japanese people are helpful. Every foreigner in Japan has experienced having had to ask their way and then have the Japanese person literally take them to the place. Whether you

On Japan’s future

21 April 2016 / Comments: 0

Once upon a time, Harvard Professor Ezra Vogel wrote a best-seller about Japan. It was the end of the 70’s. Japan had impressively overcome World War II’s cruel consequences and achieved excellence. To such an extent that Japan had become a model,


Immigration opens its doors at Narita

20 April 2016 / Comments: 0

Do not take this piece of news literally. Then again, 159 passengers coming from Taiwan literally did enter Japan without having to go through immigration at Narita Airport indeed. Somehow, the blunder happened because the passengers were taken to a Domestic

Japanese thoughts on international marriages

18 April 2016 / Comments: 0

We have the opportunity to say that quite often in this space: Japan is opening to the world. Ineluctable globalization. Demographic issues (aging society and extremely low birth rate). With more and more gaikokujin (i.e. foreigners) in Japan, there are more


Can you eat with chopsticks? ;-)

15 April 2016 / Comments: 0

One comment that all gaikokujin have heard in Japan is: “Wow, you can use chopsticks! Sugoi! (すごい)! ” (here “Sugoi” means “Terrific”). Is this the expression of Japanese kindness or is it second degree humor? We tend to think it is the