I went to a little yakitori restaurant in Hirafu for the first time that’s closing for the season, and I met some Russian  guys who had recently come down from Sakhalin island on a chartered flight.  They were working in oiln’gas, and a little bit defensive about my questions about the Russian male life expectancy. […]

Niseko: An Australian Frontier Town

I read an article once about an age sensitivity training where a company simulated old age for workers who needed to deal with the elderly with patience.  They simulated the physical symptoms of old age for young people by smearing Vaseline on their glasses so the attendees of the conference felt like they had cataracts, […]