What Did You Do When the Missile Flew Over?

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Did you even care? Or did you just roll over, yawn, and then go back to sleep? Early in the morning here in the northern part of Japan, we were awakened by an alert on our cellphones telling us to “take cover” because a missile was headed for us. I don’t quite know how to describe the feeling you get when you realize that you could be annihilated any moment by a nuclear missile…  Continue reading

The Two Faces of Japan: Arrogance

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It is well known from various movies and other forms of media that Japan is famous for being humble. Who can forget the Samurai movies where the servants fall on the ground, bowing to their masters in fervent apology. Their emotions become amplified in Japanese because the language in and of itself contains humble and honorific forms of words, which can elevate the listener and demean the speaker at a whole new level. Continue reading