Greetings from J-List May 12, 2003

Hello again from all your friends in Japan! The Japanese do love their alcohol, and in generally consume a large amount of it each year. Although Japanese rice wine, called sake (SAH-keh; remember to...

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Greetings from J-List May 9, 2003

Hello from Japan, where the restaurant chain Coco’s bills itself as “The California Restaurant.” There’s a famous face game that Japanese kids play, making Japanese foods with...

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Greetings from J-List May 7, 2003

Hi again from Japan, where you bow to drivers when they give you the right of way (and I do it to). Concepts such as what defines cleanliness can vary from country to country. In Japan, shoes are...

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Greetings from J-List May 3, 2003

Hello from Japan, where it’s okay to slurp your soba noodles, but not your spaghetti. Today’s update is a day later than usual, because of the expansion of the J-List office. Wednesday...

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Greetings from J-List May 1, 2003

Hello from Japan, where the turn signal on a car is called a “winker.” First of all, the J-List site was down for an hour or so in the morning, due to a MySQL process that had gone to...

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Greetings from J-List April 28, 2003

Hello from Japan, the home to the famous “cream powder” for your coffee called Creap. When learning Japanese, it’s always fun to learn the “gitaigo,” a group of words...

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Greetings from J-List April 25, 2003

Greetings from Japan, where it’s not polite to stick your chopsticks straight up in your rice (only dead people do this). No matter how long I live in Japan, there are some foods from the...

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Greetings from J-List April 23, 2003

Hello from Japan, the home of embarrassing car names like Mazda Bongo Friendee and Toyota ED. It’s said in Japan that the U.S. is a “horizontal society” and Japan is a...

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Greetings from J-List April 21, 2003

Greetings from Japan, where tako salad always contains fresh octopus (“tako” being the Japanese word for octopus). Japan is a strongly democratic country, and I’ve always been...

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Greetings from J-List April 16, 2003

Hello from Japan, the home of such famous restaurants as MOS Burger and Freshness Burger. My favorite English newspaper in Japan is the Daily Yomiuri, the English paper put out by the Yomiuri Shimbun....

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Greetings from J-List April 14, 2003

Hello again from Japan, where going to Kentucky means eating chicken and everyone thinks IT stands for “Internet technology.” When a Westerner comes to Japan to live, certain aspects of...

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Greetings from J-List April 11, 2003

Hello and TGIF from your friends in Japan! One thing that’s often a shock to outgoing, cheerful Westerners is the Japanese tendency of modesty. Try praising a Japanese person by telling them how...

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