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Category Archives: Homesickness
I live on Tabard Street in London, one of the original streets leading into the city proper, a site where pilgrims gathered before departing the city (such as those in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales) or upon arriving in it. The entire … Continue reading
Posted in Culture Shock, Homesickness, Uncategorized Tagged expats, identity 10 Comments
On Meeting a Strawberry in Japan
Before I came to Japan, I told myself that this was a bit of practice for dying.
Posted in Homesickness, Preparations Tagged expats, japan 13 Comments
On Caring About Your Lonely Friends in Japan
Not everyone who moves to Japan is lonely when they arrive, but most are by the time they leave. One can’t reasonably complain about it, of course: We do it to ourselves. But we can try to understand how loneliness … Continue reading
Posted in Culture Shock, Homesickness, Thinking Tagged expat, japan, loneliness 46 Comments
On Inventing Yourself in Japan
Living in Japan is living in a thought experiment.
Posted in Culture Shock, Homesickness 13 Comments
On Voting in America in Japan
The Most Important Election of Our Lifetime resurrects itself every four years like partisan cicada swarming into otherwise peaceful offices and family dinners. But I’ve finally silenced the chirping brood: If you want to get away from American politics, move … Continue reading
Posted in Culture Shock, Homesickness Tagged election 8 Comments
On Going and Coming Back in Japan
I carry my Japaneseness in my shoulders.
Posted in Culture Shock, Homesickness, Travel, Uncategorized Tagged japan 7 Comments