Category Archives: Fun

9 More Foods to Try (Or Try to Avoid) in Japan

A few weeks ago, the fellows at Nihongoup, the online Japanese-language community, invited me to do a guest post. I went to my default Japanese conversation tactic: I started spewing out the names of foods I like. So I’ve got … Continue reading

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Singing Karaoke with Foucault

“In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.” – Michel Foucault, Of Other Spaces If there was a ship to escape Japanese culture in, the paint on … Continue reading

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On Being a Teenage Punk in Japan

I never really had a normal idea of what punk was. Neither does Japan.

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Elvis in Nakasu

So this year I went back to catch a night of the Nakasu Festival. The festival is held in Fukuoka’s red-light district, full of host and hostess clubs and worse. During the festival, women from the community get together and … Continue reading

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On Not Being Funny in Japan

The first rule of making a joke in Japan is to resist. It will never help you.

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On Being Funny in Japan

There’s actually no word for “sense of humor” in Japan.

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