Japan

Having spent a decade of my life in Japan, it has become an important part of my life.  I particularly say “has become” because at the time I was there, it was shaping me in ways I didn’t realize.  It’s only when we reflect on the past that we can really make meaningful experiences from it.

There is so much that I only realized later in life, that originated over 6,000 miles away.  I like to reminisce from time to time.  This is where I do just that.

 

One Bad Apple

One Bad Apple

When I first moved to Japan, I joined an art class.  I only stayed for 1 class before it became unbearable for me. At the time, I was only 22 years old.  There were about 10 other people in the class.  They were elderly Japanese women.  The art teacher was an elderly...

Oops… I Joined A Japanese Cult!

Oops… I Joined A Japanese Cult!

Cults often target the weak.  And I was at a very vulnerable point in my life.  I practically ran away to Japan in 1995 (where I stayed for 10 years) to escape a turbulent past that I had not yet come to terms with.  Little did I know, I was walking directly into more...

Last Day Of Work

Last Day Of Work

When I tell stories about my time in Japan, this one often comes to mind.  I've told the story so many times, that I figured it's about time to blog it. During my last year in Japan, I was working at a gaijin bar called "Canopy" - a bar that was friendly to...

“I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don’t like eating fish. And I know that’s very popular out there in Africa.” ― Britney Spears

“Many Buddhist temple priests regard their parishioners as possessions and fear their departure as a diminishing of assets.” ― Kentetsu Takamori

“There are so many other fun ways to dishonor the family name that buying girls’ underwear shouldn’t be one of them.” ― Rin Chupeco, The Girl from the Well

“Japan is the first nation in the world to accord ‘comic books’–originally a ‘humorous’ form of entertainment mainly for young people–nearly the same social status as novels and films.” ― Frederik L. Schodt