Prepare for a whirlwind tour of the year covering my favorite Japanese holidays. I enjoy the not-working, eating, and getting drunk aspects; but complain about the having to buy and do stuff. Special thanks to the listener that suggested this topic.
Japanese people are known for doing crazy amounts of overtime work, so much so that some have literally dropped dead. There's no way you're going to get American me to work such hours, so what's up with all the overtime in Japan?
I narrate and reflect upon a personal medical emergency experience that landed me in a Japanese hospital for a week.
I recall and discuss my experience in Tokyo during and after the massive March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
I discuss reasons why I both hate and love Japanese television and elucidate my professor-like ruminations as to why it is the way it is.