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Things We Like: Gabriel Bá’s Comic Art, Beard Revue and the Japanese Spider-Man
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Posted in Things We Like on 7 November 2009
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In a world in which a UFO-powered Spider-Man rides motorcycles and wrestlers clobber giant space squids, who are we to say that your beard is weird?

An Accidental Tourist in Japan’s Uncanny Valley
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 4 November 2009
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In Japan, standing and reading at a newsstand is a regular pastime. It rivals sleeping on the train or simply getting drunk as the salaryman’s favorite way to unwind after work.

Eat or Be Eaten: When Dining in Japan, Avoid the Stew
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 October 2009
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I wasn’t sure if it was possible to be allergic to organ meats, but over the course of the year I’d discovered that I was allergic to cherry blossoms, my futon and air and water in general, so my claim didn’t seem to be that far-fetched.

Riding Dirty in Kyoto
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 September 2009
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It was springtime in the ancient Imperial City of Kyoto, Japan. I went for a bike ride in hope of viewing the cherry blossoms, but no sooner had I gotten a few blocks from my apartment did a police officer command me to stop.

Japanese Party Politics
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 September 2009
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As an American working in Japan, I learned a lot about drinking sake. Nomikai, or “drinking parties,” were a regular occurrence after hours, when the company I worked for would take over a restaurant and quaff endless quantities of sake, beer and shochu cocktails.