After twenty-five years in Japan, this American lawyer found herself retired early by her traditional Japanese employer. Immediately she set out on her own path and founded her own company, offering language and legal language services. It was liberation.
I met Nickie at Tago. She and her mother both live not far from me in Tagaytay, a beautiful vacation and tourist spot well outside Manila. This interview took place at my house. Unfortunately, photos of Nickie’s early singing career were lost in the 2009 Ondoy flood. Nickie’s story When I was twenty-one I was performing at five star hotels, the Mandarin Hotel and Philippine Plaza, and a Japanese agent saw the show. We had a meeting with him, my Filipino agent and me. A month later I was in Japan. I worked there from 1985 to 1992. My first …
In this 2014 interview a teacher talks about his experience in a Japanese language school and a Catholic girls’ high school in Fukushima, Japan. The experience had a profound impact on the rest of his life.
In this 2013 interview, a British freelance translator talks about his marriage, children and contentment in Japan.
An English teacher at a Japanese University of Foreign Languages discusses teaching in Japan and teaching Japanese students at her university in the United States.
In Part 1 of this interview Rick talked about his ten-year relationship with a Korean woman who became a scholar of Japanese literature. Here he talks about his work in Korea and Japan.
This is a 2012 interview with a young Australian woman living in Japan. She discusses the English teaching jobs she’s had in Japan, her relationships with her Japanese husband and his parents, a frightening episode with a stalker, and her adjustment to becoming a housewife in Japanese society.
This is an interview with an American living in Japan who did several years of intensive meditation in connection with the San Francisco Zen Center.
This is a 2011 interview with an American woman who in the early 1980s married a Japanese man and tried to live in a small town with his extended family at the same time she was teaching English in the city.
This is a recent interview with a computer programmer who was in a joint venture in Japan from 1988 to 1991.