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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]