Mike Fu
大丈夫です。It's all gravy.
Created 24 Oct 2020
  • Gourmets and Grimaces
    24 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    I usually shy away from make sweeping generalizations, but in this case I don’t think I risk any offense by saying: Japanese people are incredibly expressive when reacting to food. Turn on the TV at a...
  • Languages of Reinvention
    23 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 7 5
    I’ve been a Jhumpa Lahiri stan ever since buying Interpreter of Maladies on whim from a Santa Monica bookstore in my freshman year of college. Her characters have always felt shockingly real, from the...
  • Undercover Ojisan
    01 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 5 4
    Hello, howdy! 久しぶりです。 I write to you from the throes of Tokyo’s plum rains. Each day is oppressively damp, if not sopping wet. We bought a dehumidifier just in time, but I do miss drying clothes on th...
  • American Past Lives
    13 May 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    In a past life, I used to spend many leisure hours lolling with friends at our neighborhood bar or drifting from place to place in Bed-Stuy and Chinatown, frittering away weekends over beverages and d...
  • Hunting for the City
    30 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Springtime in Japan is in full swing, which means temperatures are steadily climbing between bouts of rain and gray, the sakura have long since blossomed and shed, and the academic year has begun anew...
  • L'Étranger
    12 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 5 1
    To be foreign is to experience humility and humiliation on the daily. Humility comes from awareness of one’s limits, the boundaries of language translating to an inability to understand or be understo...
  • Trafficking in Words
    11 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Funny that I used to imagine I’d have time to do everything I wanted if it weren’t for my day job. I could read and write to my heart’s content, pick up a new hobby or two, learn a language, cook seve...
  • Plants and Puzzle Pieces
    14 Jan 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    I bought my first plant in Japan today. Back in New York, I used to keep a wide array of greenery—baby jades, rubber figs, avocado trees, golden pothos, snake plants, you name it—at home and in the of...
  • A Mansion of One's Own
    21 Dec 2020 • 2 min read • 4 0
    The past several weeks have been consumed by apartment hunting, a thoroughly exhausting affair. From our temporary homebase in Yotsuya, we’ve set out to meet realtors who have shuttled us by car and t...
  • An Earthquake, An Echo
    29 Nov 2020 • 1 min read • 5 4
    I experienced my first earthquake in Japan on our final night of quarantine. The apartment began to tremble while a quaint show about a British gardener lady was on NHK. Dishes clattered on the drying...
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