Washoku – “the harmony of food”

March 24, 2015 0

At the same two-day overview about Japan living that I wrote about in a previous post, I learned about the concept of Washoku, or the Japanese culinary mindset of “the harmony of food” from a well-known […]

Mamachari – commuting Japan style

March 21, 2015 2

Everywhere you go in Tokyo are people on bicycles, riding on the streets and sidewalks, with kids strapped in the front and back, on their way to school, shopping or work. But these “mamachari” bikes are nothing […]

The gender divide

January 29, 2015 0

First impressions I have never experienced the gender divide in terms of roles as acutely as I have in the past three weeks. 95% of the women I have met who have children, both foreigners […]

Rules are not made to be broken

January 27, 2015 0

Rules are not made to be broken I had been cautioned prior to my arrival that the Japanese are very firm rule followers. Tonight was a prime example, though I’ve had multiple other experiences with […]

A lesson in mistake proofing (or lack thereof)

January 10, 2015 0

Mistake-proofing and visual systems Before this move, I had a preconceived notion that mistake-proofing (poka-yoke) and obvious visual controls would be commonplace in Japan. However, my first day in Japan proved that this is not […]

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