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Things We Like: Gabriel Bá’s Comic Art, Beard Revue and the Japanese Spider-Man
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
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
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
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
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.