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Letters from Japan: “Why Is He Anti-Japan?”



My boyfriend is Japanese (I’m American) but he’s practically a Native English speaker. He went to university in the US and worked there for a couple of years before coming back to Japan. We got together a year and a half ago, basically a month after I arrived in Japan.

I came to Japan to teach, but I really want to study Japanese too. I haven’t really made any progress because every time I try to study, or even mention doing something Japanese, my boyfriend freaks out. He always bad talks Japan, or says how much better stuff in the US is, and that learning Japanese is stupid because no one uses it. At first, it didn’t bother me, but with the whole lockdown, it’s starting to get on my nerves.

I’m not trying to be all like some freaky otaku or anything, but he even makes fun of me when I say I want to see a museum exhibit about something Japanese. Why is he so anti-Japan? How should I deal with his whole “foreign is better” obsession?

No Japanese Allowed

Dear No Japanese Allowed,

I have a couple of things I’d like you to clarify before getting into your questions.

Have you actually studied Japanese in any capacity, or gone to the events/exhibits that you wanted to? If you have, then good, I’m glad you’re not letting him dictate your hobbies or interests. If not, then that is something you should reflect on. Why are you dating someone that stops you from doing what you came around the world to do?

It sounds like you settled into your relationship with him very quickly, which has me curious about what you two saw in each other in the first place. I also wonder if you’ve stayed in this relationship because of the stability it …continue reading


Quick real estate news summary for the week

There are numerous news reports and opinion pieces published every day discussing the impact that the pandemic is having on Japan’s real estate market. We thought we would share some summaries below to give an idea of what’s been happening recently.

Joint home loan borrowers at risk

On May 30, News Post Seven ran an opinion piece by a housing journalist who suggests many buyers of new high-rise apartments in Tokyo Bay who have purchased with combined home loans may be at a higher risk of default. Potential corporate restructuring or a reduction of wipeout of summer bonuses could see already-stretched borrowers struggle to make repayments. Japanese home loans are often structured to include a larger repayment during salary bonus season.

Central Tokyo high-rise apartments to become a thing of the past

An article in Bunshun Online on May 19 suggested that with companies starting to accept the concept of remote work, having one’s home close to the office may become less of a priority. The author suggests that office workers renting apartments in expensive high-rise towers in central Tokyo might decide to move somewhere out of town where they can enjoy their hobbies, such as surfing, or places that provide better child-rearing and lifestyle options.

Four Seasons Kyoto Sold

On June 4, the New Straits Times reported that the Four Seasons Kyoto hotel was sold for 50.79 billion Yen (incl. consumption tax), or approx. US$460 million. This is lower than the original estimated sale price of US$700 ~ $800 mentioned in a December 2018 media conference.

77 days to find a tenant

Tokyu Housing Lease reported on May 29 that it took an average of 77 days to find a tenant for a vacant apartment in greater Tokyo in the first quarter of 2020. This is an increase of 10 days from the first quarter of …continue reading


Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou! Episode 10 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, Well’s party takes an undead cleansing request at his home forest. Meanwhile, Wells faces his hostile eldest brother and political family problems.

The political family problem for Wells is getting pretty interesting and especially how they revealed supporters who wants him to be the next family lord. Also, the zombie action and lich encounter is cool. Other than that, I hope our male lead can defeat his jealous elder brother. Now what’s going to happen next? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, more interesting political family problem for Wells and some cool zombie fighting. …continue reading


(Podcast) From 5 years on JET to a long-term HR/Recruitment Career

This week I talk with Thomas, a former 5-year JET turned HR/Recruitment guy. Many people turn to HR after being an ALT, but few can make it work long term. Today I ask Thomas how he has done just that. Enjoy!

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Komyoji Interiors

The main hall of Komyoji Temple in Saijo on Shikoku is entered through a glass corridor that traverses the poolof water surrounding the building. The main construction material is laminated wood. The roof is supported by 16 columns in groups of four.

It was designed by Tadao Ando and he writes that the design evolved but by bit and was influenced heavily by traditional architectural

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