Museum of Language & Place


And such was my desire to be liked, it never once occurred to me to try to rock the boat a little by taking exception to some of the standard, polite generalizations about our two countries. (“Yes, America might look more spacious [hiroi] than Japan, but are spaciousness and narrowness [semai] really a function of physical geography alone, do you think?”)

Dave Bonta, in Becoming the other: Japan, 1986. “The strangeness of encountering others like oneself in Japan.”