Ongoing Challenges for Companies in the Virtual World

In my work with Japanese corporations and individuals over the years, I have noticed the subtle differences in communication when relating person-to-person and when relating by phone or in virtual meetings. The nuances that are “easier” to identify and manage when in the presence of a person of another culture are now made more elusive and challenging when in a virtual or remote setting. Yet, … Continue reading Ongoing Challenges for Companies in the Virtual World

Design a Mask for the Japan Foundation’s Mask Up 2020 Campaign!

Hey, all of you creative and crafty types—and I know there are a lot of you out there! —the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership is hosting a mask contest! Wearing masks has become an essential part of weathering the COVID-19 storm, and many of you have learned how to make beautiful face coverings as pandemic projects. The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership will … Continue reading Design a Mask for the Japan Foundation’s Mask Up 2020 Campaign!

Working from Home in the New Year (Still)

Happy New Year to all our Readers and Followers! 2021 has started and most of us continue to work from home during COVID-19. When I wrote the series early at the start of the pandemic last year, we had no idea that we would still be on this course, but we are. Most of you have incorporated a lot of the strategies we shared in … Continue reading Working from Home in the New Year (Still)

The JapanCulture•NYC Holiday Gift Guide – Part V

Kanpai! Still grappling with holiday gift ideas this Christmas Eve? For procrastinators, this is nothing, but for those of you who are more organized, you might be feeling a bit stressed right now. Look at it this way: Remember when we were in the throes of the lockdown in New York City and no one knew what day it was? All was forgiven because, well, … Continue reading The JapanCulture•NYC Holiday Gift Guide – Part V

The JapanCulture•NYC Holiday Gift Guide – Part IV

Craft Therapy As the pandemic continues and we find ourselves at home more than ever, many people discovered new hobbies, started crafting, or learned a new skill. Here are two locally based companies that offer Japanese textile crafts in convenient at-home kits. These would be perfect for the crafter in your life looking to learn something new. Japanese Tie-Dye Yamato Indigo specializes in Japanese indigo … Continue reading The JapanCulture•NYC Holiday Gift Guide – Part IV