One Thing You Must Not Buy (or buy into) in Japan

While many industrialized countries have sex industries, most prefer to keep such activities in the back alley; behind the scenes.  Japan doesn't bother.   And, while there may be a segment of the population in first world countries that prefers underage girls; it certainly isn't the majority.  No.  Such desires are considered taboo. In Japan … Continue reading One Thing You Must Not Buy (or buy into) in Japan

TGIF! The Japanese Custom of “Botoru Kiipu”

At small pubs in Japan it is customary to allow patrons to purchase an entire bottle of liquor and hold it for them to drink whenever they stop in.  To keep the vessels straight, the owner typically writes their name on the label with a maker pen.  This is known as "Bottle Keep." The empty shochu … Continue reading TGIF! The Japanese Custom of “Botoru Kiipu”

Karaoke Queen

I had been an exchange student in Tokyo, a bride on Sado, a caregiver of a dying Japanese grandmother and an "education mama" raising my children firmly in the culture.  Now I was going to be something else-- a jet-setting karaoke queen." From The Six-Foot Bonsai I first encountered karaoke in 1982.  I was on … Continue reading Karaoke Queen

The Japanese Free Verse Poetry of Giniro Natsuo

During in the mid-90's when I was living alone in Japan and not mentally well, I came upon the free verse poetry of Giniro Natsuo.  I don't recall when or where I came across my first book as they weren't all that commonplace, but quickly I was hooked.  Soon I owned every last edition which … Continue reading The Japanese Free Verse Poetry of Giniro Natsuo

Intercultural Relationships: 10 Questions to Ponder

#intercultural #multicultural #culturematters More and more our cultures are mingling-- melding, merging and blending. The metaphorical "melting pot" has gone beyond a handful of burgeoning "new lands" who received the tired, poor and huddled masses, who in turn created pockets of their own in ethnic neighborhoods; to inter-familial mixing and multicultural blends and new breeds. … Continue reading Intercultural Relationships: 10 Questions to Ponder

Fav Blog of the Month!

Michael Philip Atkins takes pictures of Japan that make me want to go back even though I vowed I never would! I particularly like his shitamachi shots-- the ones showing narrow streets  lined with mom and pops.  That's the Japan I first loved and Mr. Atkins captures so well.  

The Problem With Japan and Cute

No Ordinary Pedophile: Japan's Tendency Toward Cuteness By now most everyone in the world knows about Japanese anime-- their wonderfully imaginative cartoons.  If you are unfamiliar or only vaguely aware, the Japanese manufacture tons of comics, animation and related products. While most of it is uniquely creative and entertaining, a certain portion should cause consumers to … Continue reading The Problem With Japan and Cute


It could be any place, any thing, anybody.  We can all become obsessed.  The surface of most things is much lovelier and interesting than what is hidden from our view. Read Chris Kincaid's review of Bonsai, a story of cultural addiction, in Japan Powered.  Link #culturaladdict #japanaholic