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Making Friends in Japan

People say Japan’s a lonely place. But people say a lot of things, including that America’s the greatest nation on earth. Well, they do have a lot of eagles, cheeseburgers, and guns, so I guess it must be true. Anyway, recently a reader asked if...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 5, 2015

What’s Japan Like?

This is partly the tale of three Japanese women. Erika Lives in Hokkaido In the winter, she walks to the station past mountains of snow piled higher than her head, but she can usually get a seat on the train, and her apartment’s nice and warm,...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Sep 2, 2015

How to Write Japanese

You gotta love Anna. Seriously, because everyone loves Anna. She’s a busty, blonde Swiss-German who grew up playing the piano and speaking Swiss. And German. And English. And now she speaks perfect Japanese. God, I hate her. Nah, just kidding. Anna...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jul 20, 2015

Why Your Japanese Sucks

It’s not Romaji That’s Evil—-It’s Hiragana I have a new co-worker, who just so happens to be white. It’s very exciting, finally speaking with a real foreigner. I really gotta practice the English more. I think she’s from some...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jan 25, 2015

New Nihonjin? App Identifies Japanese Faces

If you’re a Japanese person (that is, a real Japanese person, not just like some Korean guy born in Japan), then you know how frustrating it is. Every day, you’re surrounded by crowds of people, in stores, elevators, and that small ramen...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Aug 12, 2014

New! Nihonjin? App Identifies Japanese Faces

If you’re a Japanese person (that is, a real Japanese person, not just like some Korean guy born in Japan), then you know how frustrating it is. Every day, you’re surrounded by crowds of people, in stores, elevators, and that small ramen...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Aug 12, 2014

Is Speaking English in Japan Unavoidable?

A reader named mintyroll recently commented: The “Japanese People Don’t Want you to Speak Japanese” part is one of those minor things I’ve always been afraid of whenever I think of how my first trip to Japan will be . . . Consequently, it’s...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jun 27, 2014

Why no one Helps you Learn Japanese

I have a lot of great ideas. Really, just a ton. Oh sure, to the untrained eye, I’m kicking it on the balcony drinking Asahi beer and watching sardine trains packed with commuters ride into the sunset, but really, I’m thinking. Hard. Like about m...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jun 8, 2014

Homeless in Japan not Big Fans of America

Last Friday, I decided to celebrate the lovely fall weather by drinking a refreshing beer in my neighborhood park and working on my tan.  I’ve discovered this really beats the hell out of sitting in a smoky izakaya wishing the proprietor’...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Sep 19, 2013

Japan, After the Love

And then somehow I ended up in Fukuoka for Golden Week, eating at this yatai along the river.  It all had something to do with a Japanese girl and way too much sake, as I recall.  I mean, assuming I could recall, which actually I can’t.  But...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on May 7, 2013

Japan, After the Love

And then somehow I ended up in Fukuoka for Golden Week, eating at this yatai along the river.  It all had something to do with a Japanese girl and way too much sake, as I recall.  I mean, assuming I could recall, which actually I can’t.  But...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on May 7, 2013

Who’s Really Japanese?

When I first came to Japan, things were so much simpler.  Men were men, Japanese were Japanese, and foreigners were gaijin.  Now everything’s gone to pieces, nuanced to the point that when somebody talks about “the Japanese,” I don’...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Oct 23, 2012

The Japanese Rule of 7

Seven Things all Japanese just Gotta Say It was my very first week in Japan, and already I knew something funny was going on.  I guess I’m a little astute like that.  I had this epiphany on the second floor of a small cafe in Azabu-juban, which i...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jul 26, 2012


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