I started this blog in 2008 while employed in the ass-crack of Tokyo, eking out an existence as an average “salaryman” office worker. The blog was in answer to other expat writings at the time, which mostly followed the theme of, “Hey! I’m in Japan for the next year and a half, and everything is SO exotic! And I’m an amateur photographer, so here are my pictures of cherry blossoms and Green Tea Kit Kat! ^_^”
Japan may be your otaku-happy-fun-time-land, but it was never mine. J-life is a very different animal when you are married into the culture, a working-class dude with Japanese being the primary language at work and at home. And when society expects you to toe the line, to question nothing and simply acquiesce because dammit, this is the Japanese way, you can either seethe in quiet or find an outlet. This blog was mine.
I wanted to write about the nit and grit, the practical and the inane, for newcomers and old-timers like myself. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as planned and I ended up having to return to the U.S. in late 2009. (You can read all about it here, if you like.) I let this blog languish for a while, but I still very much have a connection to Japan, and there are things I have left to say.
This is my Mad Tokyo.