July 21, 2018

As you may have guessed, I, as a marketing professor, have been captivated by Coca Cola's marketing efforts in Japan. Here is just the latest in a wide variety of new products I've seen them introduce this summer.

No, don't adjust the color on your screen.  Those are C...

July 11, 2018

I had plans for today ... I was going to get up early, go to the swimming pool around 9:30 AM, do a couple of errands and then head to campus in the afternoon to grade, do some class prep, and administrative work. Well ... I've always said the best way to make the gods...

July 8, 2018

So where have I been since I got lost in reflections ...busy ... classes, grading, social events ... but still pondering. A few days after I wrote my last entry, Shoko introduced me to the local library. I found a book by an author we had talked about, Last Run, and pu...

June 27, 2018

Looking at these two pictures has put me in a very reflective mood ... the modern reflected in the old. Layers of reflections on still water with gnarly roots at the bottom. Reflections of things you can't see above the bridge. Reflections of new things being built ......

June 22, 2018

Well … what an adventure! I was determined that today I was going to find someplace to get a manicure. My gel manicure was about 7 weeks old and had grown out half the length of the nail bed. I’d being filing my nails and covering them up with other polish, but it was...

June 20, 2018

What could be better than Minions to cheer you up on a grey rainy day that started with a liberal spoonful of salt on your cornflakes?

Perhaps I should play Paul Harvey here, and start with the rest of the story.

I slept like the dead last night. I was tired. I'm going...

June 17, 2018

Friday night, friends and colleagues from TU Philly, that I met when teaching at TUJ in 2008, arrived in Tokyo. We met at the nearby train station and headed up to Shibuya to meet friends from our tenure at TUJ 10 years. Of course we are doing this at 6:30 at night, am...

June 15, 2018

Last weekend, I did something I've never done before in Japan --- went on a road trip. Not by train. Not by bus. In a car. 

In the 30 plus years I've been coming to Japan I have never taken a trip by car. Been in taxis. Gotten rides to a station. My most memorable car...

June 13, 2018

There is yet another new variety of Coca Cola in Japan.

Coca Cola Clear ...

Zero calories.

Zero color.

According to an article on FoodBev Media site:

Coca-Cola Japan initially created the concept to appeal to Japanese consumers who desire new, innovative beverages durin...

June 5, 2018

There are some American things that Japan has adopted that they do so much better. The "Dollar Store" for example. Hyaku En Shops, 100 Yen Shops, are popping up all over Japan. And unlike the US dollar stores, everything in the Hyaku En store really is only 100 Yen. Ev...

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A selfie in my apartment

in Minato-ku, Tokyo



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