I’m Eryk. I lived in Japan for three years, teaching high school English with the JET Program and later working as a researcher with Yale University Press. Before that, I was a journalist.
An Angry Internet Person has described me as an ‘insufferable, self-absorbed hipster’ and warned that ‘most of what he writes should be taken with a grain of salt.’ All of that is actually pretty accurate, so take heed!
However, others have described this site one of the best Japan blogs, ‘humorous, insightful, thought provoking and moving’, and as ‘a foreign perspective with curiosity, compassion, humour and poise.’ I was once interviewed here by the Japan Times.
If you see an error on the site, or something that seems weird and wrong, you’re probably right. Please tell me in the comments and we’ll sort it out. That’s how people learn, and learning’s exactly what this blog is about.
I’ve also written for a California salvage yard consortium and on the topics of Prescription Drugs and Metal Bands and Tanks and Bubblegum for McSweeney’s. I wrote about Japan and expat culture for The Japan Times, Fukuoka Now, and Kulturaustausch.
In a previous life as a visual artist, I somehow managed to be interviewed by The New York Times and mentioned in Artforum, Mute Magazine and in the Dutch Press, which called me “The Harry Potter of the Digital Vanguard.” That was pretty funny.
You can reach me using the form below, or leave a comment if you wish to do so publicly. Thanks for reading!