Japan is a serious country. People work diligently and for long hours with little reward and with no complaints—or so outsiders think. Everywhere you go things are clean and ordered—on the surface. People are tolerant of crowded spaces and noise—until they freak out. The streets are generally safe and the public transport is punctual—although sometimes packed beyond capacity. But there is another side of Japan, a side that I have come to know and love in the twenty-four years I have been in the county. Japan is a county full of characters, some of the most interesting I have ever come across. Some of these characters could be classed as saints, others sinners. It is with the second category that I am most concerned with. On this blog I will try to introduce some of these characters. Some will appear in articles, some in the farce that I have been writing for the past fifteen years. Every now and then, I will post a more serious and informative article.