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

Tokyo – Back in Tokyo

Back in TokyoBy tok_matthewJanuary 1st, 2005 @ 12:00 PM EntertainmentI’m back in Tokyo for one week and it feels like a homecoming. I really missed this place and it’s good to be back.There wasn’t much culture shock like going to America and my first experience was interesting. I sat and chatted with a young American who came…… Continue reading Tokyo – Back in Tokyo

Tokyo – Nightlife in Tokyo

However, I’ve found that most of the best places are not advertised in the foreigner media and are only discovered by word of mouth. Everytime I look at Metropolis I see a million ads for small dirty bars which while posessing their own small campus bar charm are not up to par for a city like Tokyo. When I first arrived and asked the Japanese where to go

My Move from Tokyo to Saigon – 10.11.2004

Hello from Saigon! As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been MIA for the past two weeks due to a crossroads in my life. One one hand I was offered a position at a trading company in Tokyo and on the other, I’ve been invited to interview with a few companies here in Saigon.…… Continue reading My Move from Tokyo to Saigon – 10.11.2004

E-mail to Sophie 9.19.2004

Hello Sophie!Nice to hear from you.  Congratulations with your new job, I hope it goes well and that you enjoy it.As for me, I’m still living in Japan but am moving to Vietnam October 1st. I find the business environment much better there and hope to obtain a job in importing, exporting or consulting there. …… Continue reading E-mail to Sophie 9.19.2004

Tokyo – 英会話について。。

英会話について。。。By tok_matthewSeptember 16th, 2004 @ 12:29 PM Uncategorized Ah, the 英会話 (Eikaiwa = English Conversation School). Their bright neon signs decorate buildings from the major centers of Shinjyuku and Ikebukuro to the smallest countryside town. The ubiquitous English language school has served as the entry point into Japan for foreigners innumerable. Sometimes loved, sometimes detested by those…… Continue reading Tokyo – 英会話について。。

Tokyo – Gaijin Complex

Gaijin ComplexBy tok_matthewSeptember 15th, 2004 @ 12:10 PM UncategorizedWhen I first came to Japan I lived out in Saitama along the Tobu Tojo line somewhere between Shiki and Kawagoe. Out there in the “country” it’s often rare to see an unknown gaijin (since we all taught for Nova) and if you should happen to see one it…… Continue reading Tokyo – Gaijin Complex