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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
Posted in Food, Fun, Travel, Uncategorized Tagged food, japan 8 Comments
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
Posted in Fun, Thinking, Uncategorized Tagged foucault, heterotopia, karaoke 9 Comments
On Being a Teenage Punk in Japan
I never really had a normal idea of what punk was. Neither does Japan.
Posted in Fun, Homesickness, Music, Uncategorized Tagged adolescence, japan, punk, teen 19 Comments
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
On Not Being Funny in Japan
The first rule of making a joke in Japan is to resist. It will never help you.
Posted in Culture Shock, Fun, Uncategorized Tagged culture shock, humor, japan 8 Comments
On Being Funny in Japan
There’s actually no word for “sense of humor” in Japan.
Posted in Fun, Uncategorized, Video, Weird Tagged comedy, humor, japan 7 Comments