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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 Using a Japanese Toilet

I still don’t know what “standby mode” means for a toilet.

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