Controversy for the Whole Family

Controversy for the whole family! By tok_matthew January 19th, 2005 @ 1:19 PM Uncategorized I just had a chat with someone we shall refer to as “the patriot,” which got me thinking about this subject. Most of us hard core ex-pats who truly try to integrate with the host culture often find ourselves in a complex situation. […]

Racism in Japan

Racism in Japan By tok_matthew January 4th, 2005 @ 5:06 PM Law & Order, Racism In today’s Japan times there is an article on page 13 entitled “Racism is bad business.” It addresses the issue of foreigners being barred entry to certain Japanese establishments and how this hurts international business in Japan. Over my 3 years in Japan […]

Back in Tokyo

Back in Tokyo By tok_matthew January 1st, 2005 @ 12:00 PM Entertainment I’m back in Tokyo for one week and it feels like a homecoming. I really missed this place and it’s good to be back. There wasn’t much culture shock like going to America and my first experience was interesting. I sat and chatted with a […]

Vacationing in Saigon

Vacationing in Saigon By tok_matthew December 4th, 2004 @ 2:10 AM Entertainment As most of you know I’m no longer geographically in Tokyo but now living in HCMC, Vietnam. I must say I get homesick for Tokyo and the order in that society. Here there is no order and is complete chaos everday. I read your entries […]

英会話について。。

英会話について。。。 By tok_matthew September 16th, 2004 @ 12:29 PM Uncategorized Ah, the 英会話 (Eikaiwa = English Conversation School). Their bright neon signs decorate buildings from the major centers of Shinjyuku and Ikebukuro to the smallest countryside town. The ubiquitous English language school has served as the entry point into Japan for foreigners innumerable. Sometimes loved, sometimes detested […]