Kyoto Shisen-do Villa

By Tomoko Kamishima

The autumn beauty at Shisen-do Villa is amazing, with a garden sparkling with bright red maples. This was once a residence of a retired samurai, Ishikawa Jozan (1583-1672).


Takekoma Inari Shrine

By Andrew Kehohe

A 10 minute walk from Iwanuma station will put you at the eastern entrance to Takekoma Inari. Takekoma was founded in 842 A.D. by Ono no Takamura making it the second oldest Inari shrine in all of Japan.


Five Things About Haragei: The Japanese Business Language

Even if you have lived in Japan for many years, communication in the business world can often make you feel like you’re playing a constant guessing game. Messages can be hazy, details not specific enough, and questions sometimes seem to be forbidden. You are probably aware that the style of communication in Japan relies heavily on non-verbal cues. However, are you familiar with one of the driving forces behind this implicit style of communication?

Bits, bytes and truths

According to Wikipedia: “the word technology refers to the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, and methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a preexisting solution to a problem, achieve a goal, handle an applied input/output relation or perform a specific function”.

Your Japanese Sales Farce

The force-fullness with which outdated “norms” are protected amazes even my pea brain.

We don’t need another hero

Bruce is at it again, rubbing elbows at the spiffy-dressed gala event, promoting his ego and bragging about how great he, err, the company is.

Internal Outsourcing

Planning for the future, innovating, and leading others takes time, and that’s one thing most managers say they don’t have enough of.

How to Deal With Your Workload and Become More Productive

Swamped. Snowed under. Just trying to stay above water. Whatever office cliché you use to describe it, we have all been in that situation where we feel like we might be swallowed up by our workload. But there are ways to manage your to-do list to avoid feeling overwhelmed...

Problems First

Do you find it hard to feel satisfied with who you are and what you've accomplished so far? If so, please consider adopting the following perspective...

Do Your Employees Feel Valued?

Recognizing employees for first-rate work isn’t just a nice gesture: It boosts morale, increases productivity, and helps retain top performers...


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