Category Archives: Culture Shock

Vicarious Familiarity

I create, therefore I am. I write, therefore I am. Listen. Read. Watch. You will know me. Whoa! Now. Take a step back and let’s examine this a little deeper. Actually, not deeper, earlier. Rewind to the year 2001. Broadband … Continue reading

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Beyond the Selfie

A friend once told me a story. She told me about a time when her and her husband went to visit one of those famous temples in Kyoto. There’s a perfect spot to take pictures from and there is a … Continue reading

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Technological Selection

It’s a new thing I’ve begun to notice. There are many recent articles about internet and gadget addiction. It seems to be a problem for many. I think it does more than steal your vacation. It inhibits immersion. Travelling abroad … Continue reading

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Everyday Zoos

I was seven years old. My family was in Milwaukee visiting an uncle, cousin, friend of the family, somebody. We went to the zoo. I was a little thing and it was my first time out of my little town. … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe

I was fifteen. It was a foggy morning. One of those mornings that carries a tinge of spooky with it, especially since it just happened to be Halloween. Cue the spooky music and decorations. I was in the front living … Continue reading

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Dancing for life

The end of May features Hita’s largest festival. It was my second time so I was able to understand it a little better. Last year I had only been in Japan for less than a month and I was still … Continue reading

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The Power of Alienation

one among or one with? There are many negatives to alienation. But there is at least one positive that I’ve discovered. Motivation. I once gave a presentation on alienation in college. It was just another presentation among many but held … Continue reading

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Soul Excursions

Recently, I’ve begun a walk/run routine. It’s part of one of my goals of finishing a marathon. Last year, I tried and failed miserably; I only made it 13k and that was in immense pain. I failed because of a … Continue reading

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The Awkward Elephant

What was that? That person moves different. I’m not a well-traveled person. I’ve seen my fair share of the U.S. and an insignificant fraction of Canada. Japan is the first country I’ve been required to have a passport for. I’ve … Continue reading

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Defeated Cycles

It had become a sort of pet. The web it crafted was impressive to say the least, yawning across the pathway. Looking back, it seemed fated. We went out and watched it spin creative webs full of intricate details. Spiders … Continue reading

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