Erik Lebs lives in Osaka, where he keeps busy with music endeavors, writing, and translation projects. Lover of food, media, and good conversation, topics of discussion include alternative ways of living, changing cultural trends, and the intersection of national/personal identity.
Erik's adventures with the Japan Explorer Pass continue as he heads further west. Part Two: An Apple desktop, marching penguins and snowshoeing in the moonlight.
Don't believe the hype — Japan deserves better.
Follow one writer's adventures to unknown corners of this wild island with the Japan Explorer Pass. Part One: Dog sledding, pork bowls, horse-racing and outdoor drinking.
I can hope to shed some light on media portrayals of blackness and whiteness in Japan.
Police can stop you for questioning and seize you if you try to escape but you have no obligation to answer their questions.
A relaxed stroll through Osaka's Tanimachi Neighborhood.
It is bizarre to imagine a workplace full of such a degree of order and dedication, in which ritual practices like recitation are common experiences
A couple of hidden food gems in the gritty tennoji neighborhood.
How does a personal identity fit with the national identity of Japan?
What role does the TV play in a country like Japan?
How will the growing fallibility of Japan's institutions affect the country's social values?