Category Archives: Culture shock

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

If you have kept up with this blog, you already know that one of my fascinations is the pervasiveness of Western culture – and specifically American culture – throughout the world.  One of my favorite curiosities in my travel has … Continue reading

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Saying Farewell

In the blink of an eye, my month in Japan is complete.  Tomorrow I face approximately 22 hours of travel, door to door, but waiting for me is my own comfy bed.  My dog Leia better brace herself for a … Continue reading

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I have shown you magnificent scenes of Japanese beauty, history, and grandeur.  Today, I would like to introduce you to my everyday life in Japan. I live in a studio apartment in the Shirokane neighborhood of Tokyo.  The literal translation … Continue reading

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I See No Evil

Sunday I joined an organized tour to the mountain town of Nikko and the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”.  We headed north from Tokyo for ~ 90 miles to the Tochigi Prefecture.  There is a saying … Continue reading

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Hemispheric Spillover

Back a pretty long time ago now, when I was a college undergraduate in behavioral neuroscience, I used to run all sorts of experiments on my fellow students to learn about the workings of the human brain.  No drilling – … Continue reading

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Subway Co-Conspirator

My favorite game in Tokyo has been “Count the Gaijin” on the subway, and until yesterday the number has consistently been “0”.  All of a sudden, they are popping up!  I have seen 4 in the past 24 hours.  Strangely, … Continue reading

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Frustration and Loneliness in Japan

My favorite expat blogger described the stages of adapting to Japanese life as first a state of bliss to be in such a fascinating place, followed by frustration with the language, customs, and general obstacles to ordinary peace and satisfaction, … Continue reading

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