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On Praying to a Fox in Japan

Nobody in Japan seems to know anything about Shinto.

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On Turning on the Japanese Air Conditioner

There’s nothing simple about turning on an air conditioner in Japan.

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On Nature in Japan, or: On Getting Killed By a Wild Goat in America

Signs were erected to warn hikers about aggressive mountain goats in Olympic National Park. Imagine, if you can, the mountain goats of the Pacific Northwest. They look like messed-up dogs or disappointing unicorns; they eat lichen in the wild and … Continue reading

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On Walking On Fire in Japan

The most difficult part of walking on burning coals during a typhoon was finding the right train.

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On Japanese Funerals

My first conversation about the earthquake was a week and three days after it struck. In the office, we talked about the peripheries of disaster: Blood donations, fundraisers, TV coverage. We didn’t talk about victims. When the media focused on … Continue reading

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