Shizuoka

Shizuoka

I gradually stopped sending individual e-mails, and  worked on polishing experiential articles to send home instead. This section has the finished stuff, while the Shiz Mails section reveals all the dirty work going on in the background.

 

Editor's Note: Contrary to what you'll encounter here, it's not very  difficult to get around Japan any more. Nowadays you can just plug your starting point and destination into your phone and get five options for how to get anywhere. But back in the day, it was tricky.

Mr. Mike Goes to Tokyo

Mr. Mike Goes to Tokyo

Going up to Tokyo for a job interview somehow costs me nearly $1000.

Possible Laptop

Possible Laptop

Mail-ordering a laptop requires me to win a gold at Olympic Charades.

Christmas in Japan

Christmas in Japan

You can't really get Christmas turkey in Japan, so we ad-lib a festive meal.

Tokyo II

Tokyo II

If you're going to wander Tokyo like a wayward bumper car, it's important to enjoy the view on the way.

Great White North

Great White North

A visit to a JET friend in northern Japan convinces me that ALT is the way to be.

Michael Kanert and the Schedule of Impossibility

Michael Kanert and the Schedule of Impossibility

When life gets ridiculously complicated, it's time to write like J.K. Rowling.