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15 tips to stay on the right side of the etiquette in Japan - food and drink

Are you planning a trip to Japan but worried that you’ll accidentally offend the locals because you don’t know the etiquette? Or are you concerned that your lack of cultural knowledge will make you look like a fool?   1,755 more words

Cultural Observations

Conservative Hypocrisy

Over the years I have marveled at the political process in the United States. Despite it’s challenges and flaws, it is still the best example of a sound representative democracy in the world. 773 more words

Cultural Observations

Momena jaan

My dear, sweet love

We met so close to the pain

You became my refuge

A refugee from my life

You, my safe harbor.
You taught me the love… 161 more words


A Letter to My Daughter

I’m sorry, daughter. This world you have just joined recently is upside-down.

But then, it has always been upside-down.

We are still a lost people.  People who claim to be one thing but are entirely another. 395 more words

Cultural Observations

No excuses

I’ve lived in Japan for nearly three years now and I’m still in awe about their fantastic train service. For someone who lived in England for 14 years, the Japanese trains are bloody amazing! 1,113 more words

Cultural Observations

Hillbilly Elegy (Book Review)

It’s eluding my memory at this point.  Perhaps it was while reading an online essay at The American Conservative when I first heard of J.D. Vance… 1,862 more words

Book Review

A few tips to help you make friends in Japan

Japanese people are a little bit like the Finns, i.e. relatively introverted and shy, and even though they might want to have a chat with you they are as eager to open a conversation with a foreigner as a squirrel is to cuddle a boa constrictor. 1,340 more words

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