Sometimes, you meet people and you know that you were just meant to cross paths somehow. As soon as you lock eyes and shake hands you know that this was meant to be. This connection between one human being and another, one heart to the next, souls that intertwine. My boss Takada-san is exactly one … Continue reading This life, the next one, and the last. 今生、来生、前生
I was at work looking through my daily dose of Japanese news when I happened upon this lovely headline story. NHK Chairmain Katsuo Momi on Soldiers and Comfort Women: It Happens Everywhere! Oops, they did it again. I don’t know what it is, but Japanese politicians and other higher-ups just can’t seem to stop talking … Continue reading Comfort Women and Racist Ads
So just ten days after Single’s Day in China (and pocky day in Japan/Korea), you can imagine my surprise when I listen to my daily dose of NHK news on 11.22 to hear the announcer say: “今日は良い夫婦の日” “Today is Couple’s Day” While 11.11 tells us just how single we are, I guess the combination of … Continue reading 11.22 … In other words, Couple’s Day
Winter has descended on Shanghai. I’m wearing four layers of pajamas, snuggled underneath two sets of comforters, and sipping on a piping hot cup of Jasmine tea. As I burrow myself deeper underneath the covers and try to escape the force that is winter in Shanghai, I browse various articles online.. While reading the Economist … Continue reading Multilinguialism: Just Another Diagnosis for Split Personality Disorder?
The movie poster for “The Wind Rises,” the latest and ‘last’ movie from Hayao Miyazaki (I think this is his 3rd ‘last’ movie?) was posted not too long ago. I LOVE this poster. Reminds me of Howl’s Moving Castle , yet still has a fresh and new feeling, luring you into yet another world created … Continue reading The Wind Rises
Do Asians value sex in the same way that westerners do? For many in the west, bad times in the bedroom can often lead to a crumbling relationship. Many of us in the USA (and probably more so in Europe) measure the overall health of a relationship by the number of times, well, we get … Continue reading Chinese Women Say No to Sex
J: “I’m never dating a banker.” Me: “I mean, they seem like scumbags but I’m sure there are some perks to dating them.” J: “They’re gross. They have massive orgies.” Me: (pause to process aforementioned sentence) “What? They have orgies? Is this a banking thing I’m oblivious to?” J: “Remember that Chinese douche, Bill, I … Continue reading It’s true–women like a-holes