Category Archives: Tradition

On Going to a Gay Bar in Japan

The night starts by asking a cab driver to take you to a school. It’s 11 p.m. and you have no business going to a school at 11 p.m. on a Saturday night, so the driver heads toward the school … Continue reading

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On Sneezing in Japan

In Japan, no one can hear you sneeze.

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On Getting Lucky in Japan

No, not like that.

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The Winter Haiku Forecast

“Writing shit about new snow for the rich is not art.” – Kobayashi Issa (trans. Robert Hass)

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On Being Selfish in Japan

I remember my high school French club. The kids smoked too young, wore black turtlenecks and talked about Camus, or more precisely, “spoke of Camus.” The German club ate strudel, listened to unbearable polka and occasionally invaded the French club.

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On Being Cute in Japan

“Battle not with Hello Kitty lest ye become Hello Kitty; and if you gaze into the abyss the abyss gazes into you with huge eyes and a helpless disposition.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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