See You, Space Cowboy

Nowadays I don’t watch much anime which is pretty surprising given that I live in Japan and used to watch epic amounts of anime as a college student and young adult.

I think it came down to a combination of burnout and just that the quality of shows started dropping off pretty sharply. I’ve also never been into shows such as Naruto, Bleach or One Piece that stretch on and on over what feels like decades. Continue reading See You, Space Cowboy

The Narrow Roads of Japan

To paraphrase Forest Gump, driving in Japan is like a box of chocolates. There’s a lot of awesomeness awaiting you as you first head out onto the road in our new little car and realize that there’s a whole world of beautiful and captivating sights and places to visit. But there is also the sudden realization that to balance all this awesomeness there is a lot of downsides to driving in Japan.

First off, once you’ve actually managed to jump through enough hoops to satisfy the Japanese DMV that you won’t immediately crash upon being let loose on the streets of Japan you’ll find that the vast majority of the roads winding their way through the cities and countrysides of Japan are so narrow that even in a small kei car you’ll find yourself wincing as each passing car seems to pass within mere millimeters of your side view mirror. It’s probably because of this that one of the main sticking points with the driver’s license test is to learn to hug the left side of the road as though your life depended on it, as it may very well save you from a nasty accident later on! Continue reading The Narrow Roads of Japan

The Return of Agent Cooper

It’s hard to believe that a show such as Twin Peaks is now a quarter of a century old when it feels like just the other day that I was enthralled in the lives of the show’s characters and the underlying mystery of the town of Twin Peaks itself.

But even though it has been 25 years the show still seems to have the power to keep staying in the public’s collective unconsciousness with its unique mix of small town America drama and David Lynch twists. Its influence has been so great that almost every cult show that has followed owes it thanks. Continue reading The Return of Agent Cooper

Seeing Japan Anew

It’s been a whirlwind two weeks for me recently with my parents and two friends coming through to Japan. I’ve had to try and organize hotels, itineraries and transport for them as well as helping them navigate the many subtle things that make Japan so Japan.

It was tremendously fun to spend some time with them in
Tokyo and Yokohama as I haven’t had much chance to go outside of my little countryside town for the past few months. Continue reading Seeing Japan Anew