Mike Kanert's Life in Japan
Japanese Funeral

Japanese Funeral

I've seen 4 weddings over my years in Japan. Now I've seen my first funeral.

Sumo

Sumo: The 2010 May Grand Tournament

After nine years in Japan, I finally caught a live sumo match.

Survival Games

Survival Games

Running around in the woods and shooting at your friends.

Student Letters

Student Letters

Translations of some of the best letters I have ever received.

The Cro-Magnons

The Cro-Magnons 

These playful primates hail from the primordial soup of Japanese punk.

Comiket 2012

Comiket 2012

The merchandise is secondary: come for the cosplay!

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

My first production with the Tokyo International Players.

Summer Sonic 09

Summer Sonic 09

NIN's last stand in Japan, and an intro to the Boom Boom Satellites.

Wicked: The Broadway Musical

Wicked: The Broadway Musical

The Shiki Theatre Group brings broadway to Japan.

Catching Cherry Blossoms

Catching Cherry Blossoms

My students remind me what I'm giving up as I move away.


3.11 Earthquake

Post-3.11: April 1

Post-3.11: April 1

Three-week update following the magnitude 9.0 quake on March 11, 2011.

Post-3.11: May 1

Post-3.11: May 1

Two-month post-quake update: Tokyo creeps toward the 'new normal.'


Mike Kanert's Japan Story