Japan has some of the harshest punishments for cannabis use in the world.  One might presume this stems from the country’s dedication to hard work and efficiency, but it’s rather the legacy of the US occupation after WW2.  In fact, … Continue reading

Word power (kotodama)

Recently I had occasion to re-read David Morley’s Pictures from the Water Trade (1985), one of many books to describe a foreigner’s coming to terms with living in Japan.  It won praise at the time of its publication, and even … Continue reading

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