The Japanese have taken to representing the “Year of the Dragon” (2012 in the Chinese Zodiac) as the “Year of the Seahorse.” Apparently the seahorse is occasionally called a “Baby Dragon,” so the early days of the dragon year are basically seahorses.
So, before a baby dragon swallows our year of the rabbit whole, here’s a “year in review” of the most popular posts from this site in the last year. In other words, here’s some filler until I get back from Hong Kong.
1. After Disaster, Laundry. (March 15, 2011)
On Japanese stoicism in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake. [Read it]
2. How to Bow (May 10, 2011)
A post about the intricacies of bowing. [Read it]
3. On Watching the News (March 18, 2011)
“Watching the western media explain Japan is kind of like watching a caveman explain the future.” [Read it]
4. Is Japan a “Racist Monoculture?”
The post that got a lot of angry right-wing Norwegians to check out my blog. After Anders Breivik’s attacks on children in the name of an isolated Europe, I compared his imaginary Japan with the real one. [Read it]
5. On Japanese Convenience Stores
The glory that is the konbini. [Read it]