I was not even twenty, but I was aging at a rapid rate. Right Man had once let it slip that Playboy models were “too old”—and when we were on Sado he had made that odd comment about his own sister, who had not yet reached thirty, looking like an old woman. “Iiko iiko” (“good … Continue reading Child Bride: A Few Months Shy . . .
Two recent memoirs written by American women married to Asian men have the words "good" and "wife" in the titles. This is by no means random. Married women are to be attentive, dutiful and obedient. It is a cultural norm perpetuated by both parties . . . husband and wives alike. For Tracy Slater, her marriage … Continue reading Breaking Good
I first became acquainted with Japan when I was 15 years old though a two-way cultural exchange. Socially awkward as a result of a disfiguring accident that occurred when I was five …the trip was a chance to see the world beyond my rural Michigan town and hopefully make some friends. In 1980 … Continue reading Bonsai Monogatari: Japan in 1000 Words
Like a cat I've lived multiple "lean" lives since first encountering the philosophy in 1997. For reference I'll list and number these incarnations in chronological order. 1. English instructor, private English academy, Tokyo Japan 2. Interpreter for Japanese automotive, US 3. Contract interpreter for a Japanese lean consulting firm, US 4. Kaizen/training manager for American … Continue reading Chubby Business – My Life as a Lean Fat Cat