Thoughts During Rush Hour

It feels weird being in a place where the language around you isn’t your own. I feel isolated and separated from everyone. Usually I can secretly listen into the private conversations that people have in public and assert myself into people’s secret lives, but Tokyo won’t let me penetrate its heart. In the bus I … Continue reading Thoughts During Rush Hour

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The ABCs vs. the DFTs

The ABCs of anorexia, body dysmorphia, and compulsive exercise comprise the alphabet soup of discourse on eating disorders in Western countries. What about countries in the East? Japan’s bowl is full of DFTs—danjonoyakuwari, fushoku-byo, and taijin kyōfushō. A true mouthful for anyone who’s not Japanese.   Though the West is considered the birthplace of eating … Continue reading The ABCs vs. the DFTs