Kissing in Japan

If you’ve ever wondered about the display, or rather, lack of display of public affection in Japan, it has been the basis of essays, believe it or not! Cultural historian Mark McLelland, in an article titled “‘Kissing is a symbol of democracy!’ Dating, Democracy, and Romance in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952,” notes that a statute against […]

Tips for Westerners coming to Japan, Part 2

Almost as soon as I made my previous, long guide of tips for Westerners visiting or coming to live in Japan, a bunch of people pointed out a number of things I’d forgotten to mention. Updated for 2019. Street addresses Except for major roads and route numbers, Japan doesn’t have street names. No wonder, with […]