i’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers
Well... No. Not at all. Not in the slightest. Not that I haven't appreciated the help of what we call "random acts of kindness," but I could get by fine without them. Still, it's amazing that you mention to people that you're gaijin, or you're going to be in Japan, and suddenly a veritable community of ex-pats springs forth from the ether. (Not that I was much of a "pat" in the first place, but that's really a discussion for another time.) So, if you're in some way interested in Japan, gaijin or not, post a comment. Let me know who you are and where your Web presence is, if you have one. Next time I update the "Other Voices" section, I'll toss in a bunch of new links.