Flying to Japan


I’m sitting here having coffee with my wife, getting ready to pack everything away. In about eight hours I will be on way to Japan.

When I first found out that my next duty station was going to be out there I was really happy. I still am. The wife and I will be spending three years in a fantastic culture that is significantly different from anywhere else we ever lived. I can’t wait to immerse myself in a different world and learn as much as possible.

Of course I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous or stressed out right now. Frist of all I am heading out there by myself. The wife and dog are catching up. The dog.. well the U.S. Navy and the housing people in Japan are not the most sensitive entities when it comes to understanding that Quinn is part of our family. Bringing a dog with us across the Pacific is extremely difficult. Most of the difficulty of course is due to insanely idiotic and erratic bureaucracy. The basic summary is something like this, “Don’t bring your wife and dog to Japan until you have housing secured. Oh yeah, but we can’t assign you dog friendly housing unless your wife and dog are here.” Not to mention that nobody anywhere likes answering phone calls or responding to emails.

Either way, adversity can be overcome and every problem tends to have a solution.

In the mean time I will try my best to finish some writing. I started a story that I think is good. The wife, my pre-alpha reader said it was pretty good. She’s a good critic. Hopefully I will have it finished before the 1st so I can submit it to WOTF.

So next time I sit down to write an update I will be in Japan!



2 thoughts on “Flying to Japan

  1. I used to work for Yomiuri Shimbun as an assistant to the Honolulu Bureau Chief. Good thing you are working for our side. They run each other into the ground, but they really are wonderful people. They are very smart too (smarter than I could ever be). Don’t forget gifts wherever you are invited and bowing lower than the person who has more power than you, and acknowledge age as a determinate of respect. They appreciate kindness and consideration. Ask them about their families and about their lives. And when you are there please kow tow in thanks at the airport. Also, apologize profusely for our nuclear industry for selling them a bill of goods, and for our presence in their land as a military occupier. While I am here, I will do the same. Also, humility is the cornerstone of their culture. A good metaphor is the nail that stick up gets hammered down. Confer, then choose a representative, who will deliver the decision with deference. Should you get in trouble, say, “Kodomo No Tami Ni,” which means: “For the sake of the children,” which depending on the circumstances could get you in more trouble. But, have fun.


  2. Sounds like an amazing opportunity. I’m looking forward to your experiences in Japan. I’ll have the pleasure to visit the country in April and already can’t wait 🙂



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