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...

May 30, 2018

It's easy to have a Coca Cola® in Japan. According to www.japantrends.com, there are approximately 980,000 Coca-Cola system vending machines in Japan --- the No. 1 share of soft drink vending machines in Japan --- about 20% of the market. And as I found out recently th...

May 20, 2018

Yesterday I left Shoko's house to move to the apartment Temple is providing for me near the campus. Much to my surprise, it wasn't the small one bedroom apartment I stayed in when I taught here 10 years ago, but a TWO bedroom apartment in the same building. It's odd, i...

May 14, 2016

It’s been a quiet couple of days. No major excursions. Just spending time with Shoko. Daily life.


Much of Shoko’s daily life these days involves taking care of her mother. Making meals. Helping her dress. Doing laundry. Because of my visit, Okaasan has graciously agree...

May 10, 2016

Or maybe I should title this ... Wandering, Eating and Drinking in Kobe ...


Yesterday morning I met Rose, a colleague from the GBP and now a good friend, for a wander around Kobe. We met at our favorite coffee house near the ShinKobe Shinkansen station. We had happened...

May 9, 2016

Some of you will remember that I used to lead Temple's participation in the Global Business Project in which I mentored a team of MBA students who were working on a real consulting project for a company in Japan.  From 2009 - 2011 I spent two weeks in May in Kobe worki...

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A selfie in my apartment

in Minato-ku, Tokyo



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