Earlier in August, Japan commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today the average age of survivors, called hibakusha, is over 82 and as every year passes, it becomes more rare to hear their testimonies and calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons in person. I’ve had the […]
Backdated from October Note: This is the fourth essay in a series about moving to Japan, specifically for those going to Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. See part one here, part two here, and part three here. Gomen! ごめん！ It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to blog. Although my first goal was […]
This is the third essay in a series about moving to Japan, specifically for those going to Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. See part one here and part two here. When thinking about my three years in Japan, the most stressful times for me didn’t usually involve acclimating to Japanese culture but […]
The list of things I miss (and don’t miss) about Japan is long and complicated. But without a doubt, the efficiency and thoroughness of Japan’s high-speed rail system is high on the list of things I wish existed in the Midwest. I explore this issue in my latest “Letters from Japan” series at Gapers Block.