Under the MEXT scholarship, I studied Gender and Media at the University of Tokyo from 2011 to 2014. Here's how I got in.
Sadness was, after all, a familiar friend, one that you no longer shut the door to as you grow older; one that you invite in, chat with, and say goodbye to knowing that you'll see each other again.
On April 25th, Tuesday, during a presentation on the March 2011 disaster, a callous remark slipped out of then minister of reconstruction Masahiro Imamura. Revisiting the numbers that represent the damage the disaster had made, Imamura casually pointed out that, "It was a good thing that the disaster hit Tohoku," as the damages would have … Continue reading #TōhokudeYokatta: How Japanese Netizens Transformed a Politician’s Blunder into an Inspiring Message
Top Image Source: Excite On Tuesday, February 28th, I turned my TV on per my usual morning routine. I checked the clock on the upper left screen to make sure I wasn't running late as the morning wide show I usually watch filled my otherwise quiet room with cheery, mostly insignificant chatter. As the show … Continue reading Romanticizing Motherhood: Horikita Maki and the Ritualistic Retirement of Female Actresses in Japan
"There is no such thing as true friendship with Japanese people," or so I've heard a bunch of times. Is this really true? Or is there something we need to examine further when people make this statement?
For foreigners living in Japan, mental health care is even more challenging as choices are limited and practices are sometimes left unchecked. This video is about a terrible experience I had with an American counselor in Tokyo. It still baffles me how this person is allowed to practice to this day, given that his behavior is offensive and questionably legal.
“Never trust agencies. Know your rights. And don’t be scared of lawyers. If you have a good lawyer, it’s not expensive. Unless there are people who fight, nothing’s gonna change. And that’s what I’m trying to do." -- Noemi Krapecz