I have been associated with Japan for over 30 years; initially as an expat in Kansai and latterly as a regular visitor. I am a dedicated martial artist and a part-time headhunter and I write regularly about kendo in my blog www.kendoinfo.net
I am still captivated by Japan and the similarities between our two cultures and whilst I feel pretty much at home whenever I exit immigration at Narita or Kansai Airport, I am still amused by some of the unexpected difference betwen two “island countries”.
The aim of this blog is to take a lighthearted view of some of the customs that are uniquely Japanese and in some cases to compare them with the way we behave at home. My intention is to remain respectful to all concerned, and hopefully to bring the occasional smile to non-Japanese and Japanese readers.