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Category Archives: Tradition
On Doing Mass Radio Calisthenics in Japan
Everyone in Japan knows how to do Radio Taiso.
Posted in Tradition, Uncategorized Tagged japan, radio taiso 5 Comments
On Eating Foreign Sushi in Japan
I turned on the TV in a Thai hostel last year, and compared international news broadcasts. Fox and MSNBC were covering the shootings in Colorado; Al Jazeera was reporting on what nations could buy with the tax revenue they lost … Continue reading
Posted in Food, Tradition Tagged food, globalization, japan, sushi 9 Comments
On Smoking Cigarettes in Japan
Rene Magritte’s “Treachery of Images” shows us a picture of a pipe, then denies that a picture of a pipe is a pipe at all. Of course, we get it now: It’s a picture of a pipe. In Japan, I … Continue reading
Posted in Tradition, Weird Tagged cigarettes, japan, smoking, tobacco 27 Comments
On Turning on the Japanese Air Conditioner
There’s nothing simple about turning on an air conditioner in Japan.
Posted in Shinto, Thinking, Tradition Tagged air conditioning, cool biz, japan, shinto, summer 11 Comments
On Forgetting Your Umbrella in Japan
When the weather changes, so does your life.
Posted in Culture Shock, Shinto, Tradition Tagged japan, rain, umbrellas 9 Comments
On Letting Go of a Tree Branch in Japan
There’s about 4,000 kids outside my apartment screaming about cherry blossoms.
Posted in Culture Shock, Homesickness, Thinking, Tradition, Zen Tagged anxiety, cherry blossoms, haiku, japan, sakura, zen 6 Comments