Category Archives: Japannings

Dust In The Wind

Alone above the city, in an office the size of three average Tokyo apartments, sits Mr. Keimatsu.  His view encompasses the big new buildings rising everywhere just east of Shinagawa Station: Sony, Citibank, Seafort Square.  Along the harbor canals below … Continue reading

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Strange Days – Memories of Aum Shinrikyu

Strange days have found us. Strange days have dragged us down. – Jim Morrison  One morning, about two months after Mother Nature leveled Kobe, everything fell apart in Tokyo.  These entries are essentially factual but, written at the time, reflect … Continue reading

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Little Nazis

Generally speaking, Japanese hold a positive image of Jewish people and  feel that we produce great thinkers, scientists, artists and, most of all, share the Japanese reverence for education.  Our comedy thing hasn’t sunk in yet, and their understanding the … Continue reading

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That JASDF Jazz

In 1993, a company hired me to teach English intensives for the Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces (JASDF).  Once or twice a month, I flew north to Chitose in Hokkaido or south to Nyutaberu in Kyushu or some other city for … Continue reading

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Intensive At Yamanako

I taught English in Japan for 20 years.  I thought it would be one or two.  Most of that time, I taught week-long live-in intensives, which were more lucrative than in-town classes.  In these venues, I established a nice rapport … Continue reading

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