Archive for the 'Japan' Category

Culturally Modified Female Voice

March 5th, 2009

Most people with a passing familiarity with Japan, and anyone who has actually lived in Japan, is intimately familiar with the Culturally Modified Female Voice, by which I mean the extra-high voices that some (not all) Japanese women use. There are actually two types of annoying voices, with very different roots.  The first is the […]


December 27th, 2008

Voice actors are respected in Japan, and within a certain segment of the market, are even revered.  Which is odd, because: they suck. The vast majority of them work within the anime industry, which means, to be honest, the bar is pretty low.  Sure, Japan’s anime industry is enormous, and sure, comic books are read […]

Another Cultural Difference

September 5th, 2008

Yeah, yeah, that’s all us expats write about.  Sorry. I was listening to SModcast (a podcast by director Kevin Smith and producer Scott Mosier), and I had a big chunk of reverse culture-shock (that is, being shocked by your own culture because you’ve been away from it for so long that you forget parts of […]

Japanese Privacy

August 13th, 2008

Japanese have an odd sense of privacy. Basically, from what I can tell, it’s that any unauthorized reproduction of any information that concerns a person is, in itself, an invasion of privacy.  That seems reasonable, at first glance.  But I’m talking ANY reproduction of information concerning someone.  Google recently released Street View (which shows actual […]

Japan is Crazy for Barack Obama

February 21st, 2008

…Not because of his politics, demeanor, looks, or anything else, mind you, but his name. Obama is a Japanese name. Not a common one, by any means, but recognizably name-like. Like “Windthorpe” or “Hasseldorf” or something: perhaps you’ve never met someone named either of those, but if you heard them, you’d immediately know they were […]

Gun Management In Japan

February 2nd, 2008


The 3 Year Japanese TV Crash

November 25th, 2007

Something happening once is an occurence. Twice is a coincidence. Thrice is a trend. I used to love Japanese TV.  I’m not talking about the days when I didn’t understand anything, and it was just random shouting people doing crazy things.  I’m talking about when I actually understood the jokes and that the laughter wasn’t […]

Tokyo Climate versus Houston Climate

November 8th, 2007

Actually, this post is about Japanese climate, not just Tokyo, but I like parallelism in my post titles. Japan is a hot, humid country pretty much overall.  And Houston is a hot, muggy climate.  They probably post equal temperatures (in fact, Houston probably has higher temperatures), but, man, is Japan hotter. It all comes down […]

The Age of Female Gender Loss

November 8th, 2007

One of the things I’ve grown completely used to, but found odd when I first came to Japan, is that there is some nebulous age at which, apparently, Japanese women just turn into Japanese people.  Somewhere around 50. It’s not at all unusual for female janitors to clean men’s restrooms while they are in use, […]