Japan

From Shima to Shima, Addendum

August 3, 2009
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Looking back on my articles, I’m thinking I might have been overly critical on Japanese society. Not that I don’t fully agree with everything I wrote, but it would be a shame for someone to only see negatives in a country with so many wonderful aspects. Japanese People Contact with locals can always vary...
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From Shima to Shima, Part V

August 3, 2009
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From Shima to Shima, Part V

Conclusions I hope this has come over as not so much of a critique on Japan, rather than advice to stay mindful about what you see. Readers know me from my blog entries, which may give the impression I’m a bit of a Japanophile (as opposed to a Japan-basher), but I’ve tried to open...
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From Shima to Shima, Part IV

August 3, 2009
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From Shima to Shima, Part IV

Japan is not a “get away from it all” place Those of you sitting at home watching movies like Karate Kid II and Lost in Translation should know better. Yes, Japanese culture spawned rock gardens, Zen temples, samurai, and Godzilla (which, incidentally, I NEVER heard mention of in two years), but the country is...
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From Shima to Shima, Part III

August 3, 2009
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From Shima to Shima, Part III

You Will Never Be A Japanese Let me clarify that – I don’t care if you’ve lived in Japan for twenty years out of 25 and know kanji that would baffle the most advanced language scholars. Unless you were born and raised in Japan by an ethnically Japanese family, you are not a Japanese....
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From Shima to Shima, Part II

August 3, 2009
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Japan is Comfortable There’s no denying the Japanese have a “work hard, play hard” mentality. As many foreigners reject the former and focus their efforts on putting in whatever hours at the office are necessary to enjoy the rest of life, Japan truly can be a land of milk and honey: things to relax...
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From Shima to Shima, Part I

August 3, 2009
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From Shima to Shima, Part I

Thoughts and reflections on two years in Japan When I first set out to write this all-inclusive thriller of yet another expat’s experience in the land of the rising sun, I put forth far too much effort in an attempt to make the article suitable for the likes of world class travel magazines. These...
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Transpacific Transfer

August 2, 2009
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Of course, I have my particular choice when choosing wire transfer services, but I welcome other people’s suggestions and opinions. So the fact remains… How does one send money back home? Well, there are many methods, not all of them painful. 1. If you have someone you can trust at home, you can just...
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Opening a Japanese Bank Account

August 2, 2009
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Opening a Japanese Bank Account

Anytime you want to have your Japanese skills called into question, be sure to visit a bank – they speak quickly and in a language almost dissimilar from Japanese. On top of that, it's a bureaucratic organization, with multiple forms, checklists, and immutable procedures.
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