LWIF X EP31: Is it hard being 30 and moving to Japan? Q+A v2

In this month’s Q+A about life in Japan, I answer the following questions: – Do people in Japan buy most of their things when they go on sale? – Looking back at life in Japan, what is the biggest ‘gaijin mistake’ you’ve made in public? – Are your kids starting to watch or have interest in anime? – What would you change about Japan if you could? – How would you describe the awesomeness of alpacas? – My opinion is Japanese are very friendly on a casual basis, but to develop a true and lasting friendship requires as much or…

LWIF EP97: Japanese vs. American Hamburger (ハンバーグ vs. ハンバーガー)

Did you know that in Japan they have a hamburger that is a bit different than an American hamburger. No, we’re not talking about the one’s with buns, eggs, or avocados on top. They do have that. No. We’re talking about the hambagu (ハンバーグ), which is very much different than the hambaga (ハンバーガー). It generally comes with no bun, is made with a mix of beef and pork, and can come with demi-glace sauce or daikon radish on top, and even some cheese inside. So the word hambaga comes from Hamburg steak, which is the original German version of the…

LWIF X EP29: Would you do a Documentary About War? Q+A v1

In this month’s Q+A about life in Japan, I answer the following questions: When you’re out in the city and want a quick meal, what restaurant or food would you recommend? If someone at school asked your kids what your work is, what would they answer? What in your life has changed most since moving to Japan Often in the western world there is a bit of stigma around jobs such as retail working, working at fast food places, receptionists, etc etc. They are thought off as bad jobs and something for teenagers, retirees, uneducated people, lazy people, you get…