Forgetting-the-year party: the tradition of bonenkai

As the end of the year approaches, people often feel the need to reflect on the achievements but also  the trials and tribulations of the old year: what did I do wrong? What did I do right? Has this been a successful year? Have I grown as a person? Have I grown professionally? A lot […]

Lesisure and entertainment in Japan

Whenever I think of the way Japanese people are, a lot of positive stereotypes pop in my mind immediately: how conscientious, reliable and precise they are…but then I remember that most of the time they are represented as workaholics.  I recall childhood memories of films and books about relentless Japanese bosses and and students getting […]