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Japanese public safety illustrations are nearly always awesome. This series, intended to encourage courtesy in the trains, is no different. Actually, there is a small difference: practically every image in this series is just begging to be re-captioned in photoshop.

photo of the day

I love the weapons that each person has chosen. The naked man has a brick. The ranking officer has his trusty riot shield. One of the on-call officers has an actual person catcher: a tool designed specifically for handling people who you don’t want to touch. The other has a flimsy plastic traffic control device; [...]

yes i did write that

I’ve written a piece over at Japundit: Hikikomori – Japan’s Invisible Population

too lazy to write content; too reliable to post nothing

Today you get a picture from a shrine which will bless and purify computers and related things. Kind of the Shinto version of St. Expedite.

did you know that in japan, you get to learn English all over again too?

Whence the fascination?

I’m really not sure why I’m so interested in Japan, or the Japanese language. It’s easy enough to find the point of entry of my interest; it was when I started to match sounds to subtitles in the anime I watched in college. However, that was little more than a passing fancy; it doesn’t explain [...]

International Robot Exhibition, part 2

A year and a half ago I went to the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. I got some good pictures, and was linked to from boingboing, but online video hadn’t really taken off yet, so only I got to see the videos I took. I’ve finally gotten around to uploading some of those videos: Crab [...]

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 [...]

True Stories of Life in Japan, pt 10: All Good Things

My contract in Japan specified that I would stay one year at that company, and that nine months into the process both the head office and I would determine whether the contract was worth renewal. If we both decided that I should stay, I would get a raise of about $1000 annually and an automatic [...]

True Stories of Life in Japan, pt 9: So You Want to be an Expatriate

One of the more common reactions I get from people newly learning that I’ve lived in Japan is “I wish I could do something like that.” It’s actually not all that hard; all you need is a bachelor’s degree, some patience during the application process, a few thousand dollars to get you over there and [...]