Tokyo Off Time!
Welcome to the Tokyo Off Time! series
Hi, this is James Liu, author of the Tokyo Off Time! series. I created
this series of articles as a way to record my personal observations about
life in Tokyo. This series is the 1996 version based on the originals I
began writing and putting on the Internet in 1993. I have since returned
to my "homeland" - the United States, much more sober about the realities
of life in Japan. I arrived in Tokyo in September 1993 on a Post-Doctoral
fellowship to do research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. After a
year, I found work as a consultant for a financial systems integrator. This
series continues on from my academic adventures and includes more personal
views on working life in Tokyo. For those contemplating the joys of
potential life in Japan, I've heard this said: "Your mileage may vary."
In that sense, please take these only as a personal glimpse of life in
Tokyo and enjoy if you will, what these are ... simply stories.
James Liu, March 1996
Copyright 1994-1996 James C. Liu
Copyright notice: This article may be freely copied and distributed
provided that the header and authorship remains unchanged. No part
of any of the Tokyo Off Time! series may be commercialized without
the author's permission (address given at the end of the article).
This work is non-fiction. Any similarities to other characters,
fictitious or real is purely coincidental. Opinions expressed in this
article are solely that of the author and do not reflect the opinion
of any institution, company or corporation. - May 1994
The concept for Tokyo Off Time! is something borrowed. A few
years back, a good friend living in New York, was a big time producer
of the series: New York Off Time!. This show aired once a
week on Japanese television, and if I recall, the show was sponsored by
Toshiba. Each weekly segment was 4 minutes and showed an aspect of New
York that was more of the insider's tour of NYC. I've seen the video
clips and it's good stuff. In fact, I liked it so much, I borrowed