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On Having Sex With an Octopus in Japan

There’s an old joke that any revolutionary tool mankind creates to express our highest ideals and ambitions will always simultaneously be used for pornography.

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On Driving a Train Off the Rails in Japan

It was just after the morning rush on an April day in Amagasaki, a city of about half a million people close to Osaka. A JR commuter train was taking a bend on the track when it derailed, crashing into … Continue reading

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On Meeting a Strawberry in Japan

Before I came to Japan, I told myself that this was a bit of practice for dying.

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On Being a Crow in Japan

This week, another guest post from former Japanese expat Alanna Schubach.  Shortly after moving to Japan I began having a dream that would recur for the duration of my time there. There were minor variations, but the story was always … Continue reading

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On Finding God in a Gourd in Naoshima (In Japan)

“Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall. The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall.” ― Louis Kahn Freud claimed God was only the lingering memory of our parents, looming over us … Continue reading

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41 Things I Like About Japan

Sometimes I worry that all I’ve done is complain.

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