Leftover women

China is in the news for many reasons. There is the on-going trade war with the United States….. The persecution of the Uighur minority. The country continues its dizzying rise to modernity, with cities being completely redesigned in a few years. One interesting social phenomenon that has recently been documented is the rise of theContinue reading “Leftover women”

New experiences in Japan

I stayed in large countryside home with traditional shoji paper screens. For contrast, I also slept in a one-room studio apartment in a suburb of Tokyo. Somehow I managed my 20-kilo bag inside Ryo’s place, using his bed whilst he slept on the floor. All this is to say that while it might not beContinue reading “New experiences in Japan”

Flight attendants

=Do you like flying? Although most people hate it, I think there are a number of reasons to love it. Apart from being the fastest way to travel, allowing us to get across the globe in less than 24 hours, it’s very cheap, probably the cheapest per mile of any transport. But for me theContinue reading “Flight attendants”

Sexless Korea

Is it possible that I got it wrong about Korea? Specifically, that it’s really easy to get with women if you’re white? Whilst there are those who would say otherwise, here are a few reasons why it’s actually hard, really hard, to get even a date here as a foreign male. The culture is totallyContinue reading “Sexless Korea”

Hochi Bochi – Restaurant review

Hochi Bochi restaurant Sometimes restaurants deliver in some unexpected ways and I react in different ways to how I imagined I would. Like when I went to Hochi Bochi restaurant in Chiba recently. I was lured in by the varied Okonimiyaki on offer restaurant. The restaurant has a very unique atmosphere With low level tablesContinue reading “Hochi Bochi – Restaurant review”

Making waves in Matsuyama

My most recent trip to Japan to Japan took me to some new and interesting places. There was the small city of Matusyama. It’s actually the largest city of Ehime prefecture. As well as having Japan’s oldest onsen (bath house), it’s famous for a beautiful white castle high on the hill. I arrived in MatsuyamaContinue reading “Making waves in Matsuyama”

지금 만나러 갑니다 (Be With You)

This film is a misguided attempt to make a what if? romance. Starting from the fact that the two main leads are too young and good looking to be believable as the parents of a ten year old boy, the film is poorly directed by a director who wastes no opportunity to drown his clichedContinue reading “지금 만나러 갑니다 (Be With You)”

Do You Hear What I Hear? Fresh Off The Boat Episode 10 Season 4

Episode rating: *** Fresh off the Boat has always been ‘freshest’ when it covers the holidays, whether looking at how the Huangs tried to celebrate Chinese New Year in Florida, or whenever Louis tries to impress his sons with his hilarious outfits on Halloween. Although this episode doesn’t go for the same meta-references as theContinue reading “Do You Hear What I Hear? Fresh Off The Boat Episode 10 Season 4”

Fresh off the Boat – TV’s hottest Asian comedy

One of the best American comedies is finally being shown in the UK. If you haven’t watched it, here’s what you need to know. Although it was billed as the first show to feature a predominantly Asian cast, the shoiw would not have lasted very long if that was all it had going for it.Continue reading “Fresh off the Boat – TV’s hottest Asian comedy”