LWIF EP92: Meeting and Helping Japan’s Homeless

This is part 4 of a series of videos on homelessness in Japan. In this episode we get together with Sanyukai (http://sanyukai.or.jp/english.html), which is a non profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless and former homeless. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Initial video Special thanks to my wife who assisted with the interviews, interpretations, translations, and editing. I’m hoping that by putting the thanks here, instead of in the video, she’ll be less likely to notice (she doesn’t like attention). Also a shoutout to Michael Goldberg, thanks for your help!

LWIF EP90: Housing Japan’s Homeless

This is part 3 of a series of videos on homelessness in Japan. In this episode we talk once again with Professor Tom Gill from Meiji Gakuin University as well as take a tour of a doya (flophouse) and doya-gai’s (skid rows) in Tokyo (San’ya) and Yokohama (Kotobukicho).

LWIF EP87: Elementary School Rules in Japan

These are what the rules are like in Aiko and Shin’s elementary school in Japan. There are some rules the kids forgot to talk about, like no wearing outdoor shoes in school or everyone has to eat the same lunch (which is made fresh everyday at school). What are school rules like where you’re from?

LWIF EP86: The Rules that Rule Japan

Some people think Japan is a strange and different land, that they’ll never understand. Why do the Japanese do what they do? Well, Japan and its people are not so hard to comprehend, once you realize that it’s all about the rules. Once you know them, your time here will be easy peasy, Japaneasy. It’d be my pleasure if you join me in discovering the rules that rule Japan.

LWIF EP85: Helping Homeless Cats (in Canada)

My kids, Aiko and Shin, have always loved cats. Unfortunately, our family has never had cats. In Japan, we encounter a lot of strays, and the kids would always like to play with them and try to feed them. On our trip back to Canada, we wanted to find out more about how to help homeless cats, so we visited our local humane society, the BC SPCA (British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). This is what we learned.