Unrealistic expectations of Japan…

As foreigners we seem to want Japan to be this utopia where everything is perfect all the time. As I listen to others around me and even reflect on my own experiences, I wonder why is it that people in this country are held to such high and unattainable standards? When you first get here…

June:The tax man cometh

Well he or she shows up every month to get income tax, unemployment, health and pension but June can be brutal like a meteoroid falling from the sky and leaving devastation in its wake. The inhabitants/residence tax will shock the living daylights out of anyone who did not know of its existence. Many a newcomer…

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a Living Museum

Dry, dusty, picturesque and ahm…phallic is what comes to mind when I think back on Cappadocia. I mean the majestic structures carved out by elements of nature are just something else. It was pretty hot since I went in August but I enjoyed it immensely. The most memorable thing was a day tour I did…