Cicada Memories

Semi no nakigoe o kikoeru to, Sadogashima no ma-natsu omoidasu. Semi no kara o mitsukeru to, sono natsu no yo wa sugu.   "Whenever I hear the cicada's cry I recall Sado Island's mid-summer. When I find a cicada carcass shell, that summer night is close at hand."  

“The Dark Side of Kawaii” A YouTube Plea Against the Normalization of Children Portrayed as Sex Objects in Japan

As the ex-wife of a Japanese man with a "lolita complex" and the author of "The Six-Foot Bonsai," I'm always on the lookout for articles and stories that support my position that the idolization, commodification and sexualization of Japanese young girls is a serious cultural issue. The video linked below is a candid but measured … Continue reading “The Dark Side of Kawaii” A YouTube Plea Against the Normalization of Children Portrayed as Sex Objects in Japan

…And They Said, “You are More Japanese than Japanese”

Much of what was portrayed was natural preteen behavior, but some scenes were uncompromisingly vulgar-- drawn for the voyeuistic pleasure of men.  In all cases, private parts of both males and females were poorly disguised, though in some fashion blurred or muted.  In some cases vaginas were depicted as voids or black holes. It seemed … Continue reading …And They Said, “You are More Japanese than Japanese”

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

While many industrialized countries have sex industries most prefer to keep such activities behind the scenes.  Japan doesn't bother  nor or do they mind going below the line.   The line we are talking about here is the reasonable age that most of the modern world has accepted children become adults-- that is 18 years. … 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

May’s Fav. Blog: US->Japan->India

This anonymous young mom is a relatively new blogger who writes of Japan, bilingual education and travel.  Soon she will be sharing her new adventure from her new home in India.  I admire this lady's insights, confidence and sense of adventure.  Please visit her site and follow her journey!  (Link) Warmly, Bonsai

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