Who am I? At heart, I suppose, I am a crane.
Catching Religion at the Sagrada Familia
The confessions of an atheist.
Why We Travel
Two age-old questions: What is travel? And why do we do it?
Asian Nations and Their Languages
Three large Asian nations — China, India and Indonesia — are polyphonic and geographically diverse. They all made different choices on their national language.
Why I’d Rather Be A Japanese Woman Than A Japanese Man
How Japan’s culture of overwork and lack of personal space makes life even more difficult for men than women.
Lunch in Spain
Explaining one of the world’s most unique culinary traditions.
Contemplating Culture Wars: From the Alhambra to India
Every country I have lived in has had a history of culture wars, but at the same time also a history of cultural cross-fertilization.
Japan: To Mask or Not to Mask?
Japan’s long history of mask-wearing may be the global future.
“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
Reflections on the futility of food nationalism.
India/Japan: The Jugaad-Shokunin Dichotomy
Why the Japan-India relationship refuses to take off.