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.
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...
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...
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