Monthly archive for October 2011

Suddenly lagom and Sprachspiel

Language is a subject that I have always found fascinating. In order to understand one another it is important to interpret not…

Defense, poetry and crayfish

This past week we had several defense related seminars in the Embassy auditorium, the “Alfred Nobel Auditorium”, one on Swedish technological achievements and…

Fukushima is not Fukushima

Every month the EU Ambassadors in Japan meet at least once to discuss matters of common concern. As for yesterday we had…

Group mentality or individualism?

Japan is often described as a group society, where the individuals always downplay their own significance and instead underline the importance of…

Tranströmer and haiku

Yesterdays news about the Nobel prize in literature going to the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer warmed the hearts of many poetry lovers….