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Elevators in China: Double-Edged Forks in the Road

It was a homecoming of sorts.  Oh no, not for me…but for all of those from Fuzhou (福州 Fú​zhōu), China returning to their roots. Erring on the obvious, aren’t we?  Let’s put it another way.  To the average New York … Continue reading

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Look Down on Us: Japanese Sewer Covers (Many Photos)

If memory serves, my first unusual encounter with a Japanese person was at Yellowstone National Park in 1995.  He came up to my family, asked to take a picture with us, and then proceeded to photograph a garbage bin. Not … Continue reading

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Potent Packaging: Hey China, Look at Me!

  I couldn’t find an adapter for my recent trip to Russia, so I went to a local discount store in Manhattan to get one. I didn’t end up buying this one – besides, if you wander around Broadway in … Continue reading

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Shopping Around Dhaka, Bangladesh

I visited Dhaka, Bangladesh a few years ago – mostly to eat– but also to check out Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building.  Naturally, I wasn’t allowed in at the time, so I had to stick to plan A, that being … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Wrong: A Pharmacy a Day in Queens, New York

When you’re in Queens, New York, you’re bound to come across something weird at any given moment.  Well…weird is fine, but one southern Flushing pharmacy likely went too far: There are plenty of distinct – and sometimes offensive – signs … Continue reading

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Japanese Language Lessons: Asia’s Sordid Snacks

As you may have already guessed by now, Japan is a weird place. Let’s take snacks for example.  First, if you were to utter snack in Japan, many people might think you are on a fast-track to a スナック  (sunakku), … Continue reading

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Chicken for Dessert: Tavuk Göğsü

What did you have for dinner? You don’t say. How about dessert? After a long wander through downtown Izmir, Turkey, I was craving something sweet.  Baklava would have been an easy choice, but I wanted to try something different. Not … Continue reading

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Asian T-Shirts: New York, a Small New Jersey Suburb

An auspicious walk through a clothing store in Medan, Indonesia briefly left me nostalgic for the New York City subway.   Nostalgic not to take a ride on it, oh no, but to compare the system map with that of a weird … Continue reading

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Weird Signs, Issue #1: Dental Sushi Cruise in New Jersey

Sometimes when I’d go to Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, New Jersey, the largest Japanese supermarket in the New York City area, I’d walk a few more minutes north to the Trader Joe’s shopping center.  Indeed, when you think “I’m going to go … Continue reading

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Making Faces in Japanese Places

Japan, when it comes to “weird,” you manage to outdo yourself on an daily basis.  In fact, your superiority in that category only meets its match with your prime export of “cute,” but today’s blog post will focus more on … Continue reading

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