Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Travel tips and social criticism (2004-2006)

  • Inside the Robot Factory

  • Japan doesn't need an army when they have Junior High Schools! A quick peek inside the martial ceremony that is part of a simple field trip to the zoo. "Incredible! And highly revealing -- of us and of them!" - thanks Frank!

  • A Great Week for the Oyaji

  • The old men who make the rules in Japan are downing celebratory Suntory whiskeys in hostess bars, but will Japan's entrenched conservatism bring about its economic downfall? If a recent business scandal and new rules in sumo are any indication, it looks like a dangerous possibility.

    Impressions of Okinawa

    The tropical streets of Naha sometimes feel more like Bangkok than Tokyo, but it's a Japanese city underneath all the flash and grime. Thirty km off the coast, the sleepy streets of Zamami Island bear harsh reminders of the horror of war.

    If an old man falls down in Japan...
    and no one is around to hear him, does he make a sound? Apparently not. As modern conveniences displace traditions of communal life, some Japanese find themselves alone with their technological wonders. Is Japan's remarkable economic success and social stability worth the trade off?


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