Category: Japan


Japanese translation of “nostalgia”

Autumn Light

Currently reading this new book by Pico Iyer about his Japan musings, a country worth visiting if you haven’t been. This book is a well-crafted meditation on life, death, and mindful perseverance. Japan is well-chronicled in my blog. It’s interesting to see how much…

One-time meeting

Japanese hospitality is hard to forget. I have a strong sense of connection to Japan and go there more often than to my ancestral homeland India. Perhaps, omotenashi is traceable to the concept ichi-go ichi-e.

Radical healing

Shin-ichiro Terayama, a Japanese businessman, was profiled by the nonprofit ServiceSpace. Terayama-San survived cancer to become an advocate of healthy living. Interview link Medicine sometimes harms more than it heals. I’ve shifted towards yoga and a plant-based diet (although I still eat bad stuff)….

The melting pot of Japan?

I’m rooting for Naomi Osaka at the US Open. It would be great to see her win here and in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics. Japan has been the the ultimate bastion of cultural and racial purity for too long. Osaka has probably spent…

Japanese-style support

Informal moai and formal collaboration methods help sustain societies. Individuals also live longer.