A while ago I received a request for an interview from BlogExpat. You can read the full interview here, or you can click on the logo below to access it. Here's a short excerpt:
4. What's your favorite thing about being an expat in Tokyo?
Life in your own country is life on auto-pilot. When you move to a very different culture, you have to control your flight yourself. I agree with Donald Richie, who's written extensively about Japan and its culture: "I do not see how a foreigner can live here and construct that shroud of inattention, which in the land from whence he came is his natural right and his natural tomb." I also enjoy Tokyo's safety. Other foreigners have stories about stolen purses and random knife attacks, but I'd like to remind them, very gently, that I come from a country that according to UNODC has the highest murder rate in the world. Compared to that, Tokyo is heaven.