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Amy Chavez

Kasaoka-shi, Japan


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Amy Chavez dispels the myths and uncovers the real Japan in her informative, candid essays on Japan. One of The Japan Times's most popular columnists, Chavez explains all things Japanese, from Zen Buddhism to why praying mantises ride the bullet train to Tokyo.
"Sometimes, the only way to survive a foreign culture is through humor," says Chavez. "I started writing the column because I saw a need for people to laugh as they struggle with the cultural differences in Japan. Japan is bizarre. Many things here are the opposite of what we learned growing up in the U.S."

Chavez's columns and articles have also appeared in The Daily Yomiuri, Japanophile Magazine, and Travelers' Tales Japan: True stories of life on the road as well as inflight magazines, humor magazines, ESL textbooks, manuals, peoples' diaries and on assorted refrigerator doors around the world.

She is currently seeking syndication for a new humor column for the American audience.

Interests: Japan, skiing, languages, humor

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes