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Posted in Front Page by gaijinsmashnet on May 15, 2004

I am an American living in Japan. How does that happen, anyway? Most people just come here to eat a few authentic sushi rolls, take in a temple or two, and bring home some fancy hi-tech gadget to impress their friends with.
For whatever reason, Japan often holds some sort of mystical appeal, a land where everyone is polite and everything is smiles and cupcakes. So some of us may choose to live here, rather than visit. The most common road to Japan is that of the English teacher – work in elementary, junior, and senior high schools across Japan teaching English to Japanese students. There are other roads of course, but this was mine. For those who do end up living here, we find that there’s a lot more to life in the Land of the Rising Sun than anything you may have conjured up in your wildest dreams.
This is my story.


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  1. Arcane said, on May 24, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    lol your stories are the greatest
    keep up the good work
    p.s do any of the kids know you write this stuff

  2. japunk said, on May 24, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    good stuff Az.Been in Japan a year teaching and can’t agree more with how surreal it can be at times. Finally got kanchoed a few weeks ago and as disturbing as it was I felt a strange sense of comfort that I you had prepared me for this a long time ago. Cheers mate!

  3. skinny dipping on the sun said, on May 24, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    I love reading your stuff, just to let you know šŸ˜€ Hilarious šŸ˜€

  4. Maiyu said, on May 24, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    hey , cool website , love your editorials and that you show the real life.

  5. Zell said, on November 18, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Welcome back, I was downed when RM went down and
    the previous GaijinSmash page vanished
    for some reason I just don’t enjoy trekking though OP9’s logs,
    Am very happy to see this back up will be catching up to the present sometime soon,
    just so ya know you brighten my day every time I visit the page.
    hope all is well, have fun out there
    just another happy reader Zell

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