Japanese Youth and Manners

Japanese Youth and Manners

By tok_matthew

June 3rd, 2005 @ 12:13 PM Life in Tokyo

Everyone 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 and turn my phone on mana- modo and if I was rude enough to answer to cover my mouth and quickly tell the caller to call me back because I’m on the train to which they would quickly understand and hurriedly say “ok ok,, call me back.”

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_matthew

May 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、

Life in Tokyo vs. Life in Saigon

Life in Tokyo vs. Life in Saigon

By tok_matthew

May 22nd, 2005 @ 9:16 PM Life in Tokyo

I’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 why I moved to Vietnam if I loved Tokyo so much. Therefore, I thought I would put my explanation here for all of you who are curious about life in other Asian countries and considering leaving Tokyo for a bit.

Controversy for the Whole Family

Controversy for the whole family!

By tok_matthew

January 19th, 2005 @ 1:19 PM Uncategorized

I 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 to understand the host so well and many times even married into it. The patriot told me that we must always be patriotic to our native country or turn in our passports. Yet what would happen if the native country and host country collided?

Tokyo – Racism in Japan

Racism in Japan

By tok_matthew

January 4th, 2005 @ 5:06 PM Law & OrderRacism

In 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 many articles and pieces devoted to this issue and I would like to get some feedback from you other Japan ex-pats out there. We all know that racism is not good but for the sake of sport, I would like to argue against all this whining from ex-pats about the racism issue. So without further delay let’s start the debate.