‘Shikiru’ with the Japanese mind (II)

Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands (6 min. read). Living in Japan as a foreigner is always quite an adventure. It doesn’t matter how long you have been living here, the sense of curiosity, admiration, and at times even perplexity seem to never cease. Beyond the distance and the language, it’s a culture that barely resembles … More ‘Shikiru’ with the Japanese mind (II)

‘Shikiru’ with the Japanese mind (I)

Sendai, Japan (8 min. read). I’ve been living in northern Japan for almost a year and a half. Throughout this time, a recurrent question arises among friends and family.  A question I always have a particularly hard time answering. In this series I will provide a glimpse into what my impressions are of those defining features I find so admirable and representative, and challenging sometimes, of the part of Japanese culture I’ve been faced with for the last 18 months. … More ‘Shikiru’ with the Japanese mind (I)