Tag Archives: Japanese anticipation

The Kikubari Guy

Just a short post to announce that I created a new blog. I’ll continue posting my ramblings on the Intercultural Twilight Zone, but all future pieces about kikubari will go on the new blog with an accompanying Japanese version so we can speak to a Japanese audience as well.

Check out the links below and let me know your thoughts. Mahalo in advance for taking a peek. Here’s something to get you started:

What is Kikubari?

“I’m writing slowly because I know you can’t read fast.”

Corporal “Radar” O’Reilly (M*A*S*H*)

Remember the character “Radar” in the TV series M*A*S*H*? For the younger folks who didn’t grow up watching it, the series was a dark comedy set in the Korean War that grew out of a hit movie with the same name (an acronym for “Mobile Army Surgical Hospital”). Corporal “Radar” O’Reilly, the company clerk played by Gary Burghoff, was the character who was always anticipating, always a step ahead of everyone else. He was able to stay a step ahead because his “radar” was perpetually on. He was paying attention.

Radar’s powers of anticipation bordered on the supernatural…Read the rest»

The Kikubari Guy

Japanese Customer Service & the Art of Kikubari