Japan Stories – Trouble in Roppongi

Trouble in RoppongiBy tok_matthewJuly 30th, 2005 @ 6:43 PM Life in TokyoEvery month I receive an update from the American Embassy about Visa info, security situations, etc. I usually never read it since the visa info doesn’t apply to me and the rest just tells us that the rest of the world is still unhappy with America…… Continue reading Japan Stories – Trouble in Roppongi

Japan Stories – Climbing Mt. Fuji

Climbing Mt. FujiBy tok_matthewPerhaps one of the most exciting, yet least attempted things to do while visiting Japan is climbing Mt. Fuji. It is quite close to Tokyo and only takes about an hour and a half to the fifth station of Mt. Fuji by bus from Shinjuku Station.I attempted the climb and succeded in the…… Continue reading Japan Stories – Climbing Mt. Fuji

Japanese Youth and Manners

Japanese Youth and MannersBy tok_matthewJune 3rd, 2005 @ 12:13 PM Life in TokyoEveryone knows that the Japanese are the politest people on the face of the earth. I was completely amazed when walking into even a McDonald’s in Japan and having the employees bow to me. In the trains I quickly learned to not talk to loud…… Continue reading Japanese Youth and Manners

Tokyo – 日本人と外人の関係について

日本人と外人の関係についてBy tok_matthewMay 29th, 2005 @ 5:35 PM Life in Tokyo私は三年間東京住んでいました。その時に日本の文化、言葉と生き方についてたくさんならって、日本の生活たいしてすごく住み心地の良いになりました。でも外人に対して日本で住むことをあまり住みやすくないんです。日本で住むことを始まる時に外人が日本の文化と言葉、についてなにも分からない。そして日本人とあまり連絡をできません。色々日本人は英語をしゃべれる、だけどまだ日本の文化についてよく分からないで誤解がたくさんがあります。例えば:1.日本人にはじめてと日本人よくLets go to the Izakaya sometimeを言っています。外人はこの文を聞くと本との招待だと思っています。そして、外人の答えは、

Controversy for the Whole Family

Controversy for the whole family!By tok_matthewJanuary 19th, 2005 @ 1:19 PM UncategorizedI just had a chat with someone we shall refer to as “the patriot,” which got me thinking about this subject. Most of us hard core ex-pats who truly try to integrate with the host culture often find ourselves in a complex situation. We have come…… Continue reading Controversy for the Whole Family

Tokyo – Racism in Japan

Racism in JapanBy tok_matthewJanuary 4th, 2005 @ 5:06 PM Law & Order, RacismIn today’s Japan times there is an article on page 13 entitled “Racism is bad business.” It addresses the issue of foreigners being barred entry to certain Japanese establishments and how this hurts international business in Japan. Over my 3 years in Japan I have seen…… Continue reading Tokyo – Racism in Japan