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

Reply to Comment on Tokyo Metblogs

— This post (albeit very long) is in reply to a comment left on my post (Life in Tokyo vs. Life in Saigon) on Tokyo Metblogs. Reply to Carl’s Jr. Your reply sounds suspiciously like something my dad would say. I’m half tempted to try and trace the post and see if it doesn’t originate…… Continue reading Reply to Comment on Tokyo Metblogs

Life in Tokyo vs. Life in Saigon

Life in Tokyo vs. Life in SaigonBy tok_matthewMay 22nd, 2005 @ 9:16 PM Life in TokyoI’m baaack!! Long time without a post here but I felt a little like an outsider since as most of you know I’m taking a hiatus from Tokyo life and living here in Saigon, Vietnam. But I have often had to explain…… Continue reading Life in Tokyo vs. Life in Saigon

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

New Years

I think we were supposed to post a picture of what we did on New Years. I spent mine in Fukushima snowboarding in peace and quiet. Luckily for me it was the coldest day of the year and there was a snowstorm.

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