Category Archives: Culture Shock

On Staying Sane as an Expat in Japan

I have a few months left before starting my new life in London, but I’ve already filled 11 rubbish bags to bursting with the debris of my life in Japan.

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On Inventing Yourself in Japan

Living in Japan is living in a thought experiment.

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On Awkward Acts of Generosity in Japan

It should have been a yes or no question.

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On Being Alone in an Office In Japan

 This week, a guest post from former Japanese expat Alanna Schubach. 

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On Not Apologizing in Japan

A few weeks ago, one of the 48 women who make up the pop group AKB48 was caught sleeping at her boyfriend’s house. Soon after that, she shaved off all of her hair- a traditional Japanese expression of regret- and … Continue reading

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On Complaining About Pizza in America

My first day back in America, I bowed to a cop.

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