AboutA stranger in a strange land.
Land Of The Rising Son
Over 30 years ago a stranger came to Japan from the occidental world. Very quickly one was entranced by this unique society, the people, and their exceptional way of life.
Thinking of the Japanese language as merely a verbal communication tool, is for certain folly. Inside this ancient language lies a plethora of unspoken social conventions and protocols, profoundly different from the occidental mind. Over the decades of living in the countryside, I have gained a deep perspective into this esoteric society, and my Japanese brothers and sisters who were raised in this ancient system know as Japan.
For some background information about the name this site: Japan has historically been called Land Of The Rising Sun. Using the homonym son, I find myself like the sun; getting up with a fresh outlook on life each and every day, and showing up day after day to facing the challenges of life. This concept is embodied in one of my favorite Japanese proverbs nana korobi ya oki (knock down 7 times, get up 8)
Life is a series of random events, don’t you think? Who would have thought to have the opportunity to do so many interesting things in life.
Not having done well at school, I found the industrial education (indoctrination) system to be uninspiring and mundane in the extreme. Indeed, the opposite of happiness is not sadness, it’s boredom. Never a dull moment, living in Japan has presented me with so many opportunities; from various business ventures, to the deep learning of Japanese, all the while living among the Japanese and adopting their cultural and way of life for my entire adult life.
Experience is the best teacher, and believe me, understanding some of the perplexing aspects of Japan has posed certain challenges. Some of these experiences and the lesson that accompanied them took time to be realized, but once one came to see, the enlightenment bulb goes on.
Land Of The Rising Son is about my experiences and observations after coming to Japan from a small town in central British Columbia, where I live outskirts of Tokyo, with my extraordinary wife, know as “The Big Girl”, and 5 cats; Pancakes, Twinkle, Cinnamon, Grace, and Jasmine.
The goal is to entertain, inform, humour, enlighten, and enrich you the dear reader and listener, and to make a meaningful connection with the the global citizens of our earth.
My journeys include:
- Playing bass in a Blue Rock Trio called “Cranky Old Bastards”
- Writing the lyrics for “Cranky Old Bastards”
- Importing “Functional Food” to support the health and well being of the Japanese
- Creating an “Art Rental” business to bring joy and beauty of Canadian art to the Japanese
- Importing a 2 x 4 house to Japan and having 3 Canadian carpenters build it
- Graphic designing in PhotoShop 1.0
- Localizing and selling software and sound effect for the Japanese market over the web
- Consulting to bring an American network marketing company to Japan
- Proofreading documents for publication in highly regarded scientific journals
- Setting up and running a language school
- Being export manager at a small construction rental firm (even these stupid people were “successful” in the bubble!)
- Passing Level 2 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
- Narrating training videos for the largest super auto centre in Japan
- Exporting used luxury cars from Japan to my hometown in Canada
- Contracting an Indian animation firm to make a music animation for Cranky Old Bastards (Isorou)
- Massaging random strangers hands while humouring them about life in general
- Making a video of the joy of eating abalone
- Going on a fast for two week eating only supplemental minerals, vitamins, and protein
- Making a contract with a plankton farmer in BC and spray drying it to make an innovative food product
- Making a presentation about a functional food at the Canadian embassy in Japan
My hope is this podcast and blog will show a unique world to you, and then one can now see things from the Japanese point of view, brought to you with heartfelt appreciation for stopping by here, to the Land Of The Rising Son.