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!