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The Ugly Duckling in Japan


 Tomorrow is “Coming of Age Day” in Japan, when 20 year olds celebrate officially becoming “adults” in Japanese society. Today, my family went to a performance by a local civic group of The Ugly Duckling, billed as “a moving story … Continue reading

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O-shougatsu


New Year’s lasts one night of drinks and one day of college football in the US, but in Japan the holidays lasts for three days. Actually, for many the New Year’s holidays start on December 29th, giving the typical worker a … Continue reading

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Party Hardy, Daddy & Mommy!


There are lots of parties in Japan. Parties when people get hired. Parties when people retire. Parties when a sporting event is held. Parties when a building is officially opened. Parties to “forget the year,” and parties to start the new one. Even parties to celebrate the release of a new book. Continue reading

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Ja-Bread and Rice Country


My daughter had only five or fix teeth when we were on vacation in North America this past August. Despite that fact, she developed an incredible appetite for bread that has only gotten stronger since then. We had generally avoided … Continue reading

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Getting chores done for a song and a dance


After my ranting about the isolation of Japanese men from their families and the archaic attitude toward parental roles, I thought it might be nice for a little levity… My wife and I resisted the impulse to show videos and … Continue reading

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