About Me

I’m an American who has been living in Japan since 1986. It’s not that I’m a Japan-o-phile or anything; I just sort of landed here and never got around to leaving. Lazy? Complacent? I’m not sure, but after all this time, this is home. Yes, I still stick out like a sore thumb, and yes, sometimes that’s not so good but mostly it’s great.

Japan is not an easy place to live, sometimes even more so for Japanese than for foreigners. This is still a very controlled society governed by forms and strictures on behavior, but foreigners get to break a lot of those rules and even now strange and wonderful things happen all the time. That’s what this blog is about. If you’re looking for a hotel or the best sushi in town, ask Lonely Planet. But if you’re looking for odd behavior, strange spelling, moaning about the weather, punching and kicking at the dojo, or other off-the-beaten-path sorts of views on Tokyo, there might be something here for you.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing it. Yoroshiku!

13 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I just happened to look at freshly pressed ,after having posted some pictures from a trip to Japan, and thought that I would check your post out. I’m so happy that I discovered you as I really enjoy reading your posts. They are full of humor and detail and they really make me feel like I am right there with you, experiencing your day. I look forward to catching up on your other posts (I just made it to August 2011) and finding out what everyday life is like in Japan for a foreigner. Thanks for sharing your wonderful writing skills with us!

    1. Since getting freshly pressed, I’ve received a lot of comments, but yours made my day. It really made me feel good. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for following my blog Eda! I have been living in Vietnam for almost 3 months now. I’m excited to read more about living in Japan.

  3. I have been looking for some blogs of people that live in Japan to read more of the life over there. I lived there from 1988 to 1990 but have not been back yet. Would love to go back some day. Love your blog.

  4. Hi, Eda! You and I are both on the Hotties facebook group. I’m the one who will be traveling to Japan in June and was wanting some tips. Is this a good way to contact you? Nothing happened when I Facebook messaged you. 😦

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I’m sorry, I didn’t get your message. Here is OK but rather public. I’ll send you a friend request and then my personal email address. I’m happy to help any way I can.

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