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True Stories of Life in Japan

True Stories of Life in Japan is a series I decided to do as a creative writing exercise. My constraints were that I was to publish one per weekday, that each would be at least 500 words, that the series would have ten installments. They would each focus on some aspect of life there, while collectively describing the gestalt of my experience. They should be both entertaining and informative. I know I succeeded at the objective constraints; I leave it to the reader to determine my success at the subjective ones. I hope you like them!

0: How I Got there
1: Culture Shock
2: Exploration as Recreation
3: A Cross-Country Drive
4: Combini and Vending Machines
5: Bicycling and Injury
6: Shopping Blind
7: The Elusive Asian Girlfriend
8: Nonverbal Communication
9: So You Want to be an Expatriate
10: All Good Things

Note that for nearly every picture included, if you right-click it and then click “View Image” in the popup menu, you will then see a significantly larger version of that image. I eventually intend to implement the proper measures so that you can click directly through–livejournal prevented that, but now that I’m self-hosting this, I now have the means to do so–but it’s a back burner thing.

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I have not only gone through and fixed all the images, this post is now its own page.

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Comment by chigau_me
2008-01-03 15:03:11

Thank you so much for these nice stories!!!! they were very helpful to me, as i’m planning to go to japan and making research :)

Comment by misspaulette
2008-01-06 02:53:31

These essays were a great read! Well done, and I hope to see more in the future. Do you think you might find your way back to Japan someday?

Comment by coriolinus
2008-01-06 03:06:12

Thanks! I’d love to go back to Japan–the biggest issue is finding some way to support myself while I’m there which doesn’t involve teaching English. I keep looking into JSL programs in Japan and thinking that they’d be fun, but I have years to go in my Army contract before that really becomes an option, and I’d still have to find some way to afford it.


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