Monthly Archives: January 2011

Essay: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Recently, a Japanese newspaper reported the suicide of a housewife in Japan. According to the article, she had had plastic surgery on her face a few times in the past, but the results were far from what she had expected. … Continue reading

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Essay: So many countries, so many standards (a case of clothes size)

While traveling around the world, either on mission or on holiday, I encountered many different peoples with diverse cultures and value systems.  Sometimes I was amazed to learn that the values of others were so different from mine.  When in … Continue reading

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Essay: Attention seeker

Taro was a lone and apartment-bound cat. Perhaps for this reason, he demanded much attention in the evening while awake. If I brought work home or tried to write letters, he came to sit right on top of whatever was … Continue reading

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