Essays on English in Japan

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What I am doing now

I am currently studying in UK major in master degree studying culture and creative industries seeing how these industries are linked to issue of globalization and international development. It involves a wide range of studies including creative businesses, cultural policy and management, and urban regeneration.


I like pizza English

The one topic that Japanese always bring up with me if they speak English, and in Japanese, too is—food! This topic is easy, of course, uncontroversial, and the beginning of many interactions. Yet, more often than not, once the topic of food is finished, the conversation dies. It often seems like a conversation on pizza, or natto or chopsticks, or…nothing! Students all over the country have been trapped inside the “I like pizza” mindset and will never escape. Japan is awash in English textbooks that encourage this “I like pizza” mindset:

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「Essays on English in Japan」へ、ようこそ。名前のとおり、英語のエッセーについて日本で語ろうという場所です。このサイトは僕の著書『僕、ニッポンの味方です アメリカ人大学教授が見た「日本人の英語」』をきっかけに誕生しました。まだ始まったばかりですが、新しいエッセーを随時更新します。今のところ、掲載されているエッセーの大半は『僕、ニッポンの味方です』に収録されている日本語のエッセーの英文ですが、あらゆる話題の新しいエッセーを紹介していくのでお見逃しなく。あなたのお気に入りのサイトになりますように。読むことと考えることを楽しみましょう!


Welcome to this site!

Welcome to Essays on English in Japan. This site is just what it says: essays about English in Japan. This website goes together with my book, 僕は、ニッポンの味方です! An Anti-Grammar Manifesto—The Other Side of English, released by Media Factory Publishers in March 2009. Though this website is just starting, it will have new essays all the time. For now, most of the essays are English versions of the Japanese essays in that book, but keep checking back to find new essays on all kinds of topics. Hope you like it! Happy reading and thinking!
March 20, 2009

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Michael is currently teaching at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, in the American Literature section of the English Department. More information in the About Me page.