Author - Tim Odagiri

Has Japan Forgotten About Hiroshima?

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to visit Hiroshima, my first trip to that sprawling port city in Western Japan. As I gazed at a cloudbank descending over Mount Fuji from my bullet train seat on the ride down, my...

The Trouble with English in Japan

This week, the entertainment behemoth Johnny and Associates will change its name to “Smile-Up.” If you haven’t been following the news, the talent agency founded back in the 1960s has been mired in scandal, stemming...

Ordering Decaf Coffee in Japan

I don’t know about you, but I like sleeping at night. That’s why I try to avoid caffeine in the afternoons or evenings. This was relatively easy to do back in the United States, where every diner had a fresh orange...

Into Japan Book Now Available!

When you move to Japan, one of the first things you realize is how woefully unprepared you are for the experience. Naturally, there’s the language to deal with, its never-ending foreign words and phrases coming at you...

Japan is the Adult in the Room

The nations of the world recently have been behaving like a bunch of cranky kids, refusing to play well together despite having ample toys. Consider the United States, scribbling on everyone else’s coloring books with...

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