Category Archives: Kanji

On Getting Rid of Japanese in Japan

Kanji is hard. The hieroglyphic written script (just one of three) used in Japanese has a weird history, borrowed and bastardized from the Chinese. And it takes years, even for the Japanese, to learn. For foreigners used to Roman scripts, … Continue reading

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On Getting by in Japan (Without Speaking Japanese)

Weird things happen when you half-ass a language in its native culture.

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On Being Illiterate in Japan | 馬鹿外人

There are incomprehensible signs, everywhere, and every sign is made of smaller signs I can’t read. I can’t read a map or follow directions. I am educated and illiterate, wealthy and incapable of communicating anything to anyone. But, I have … Continue reading

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