“Home Alone” Oshogatsu Edition: Top 10 ways to while away the holidays

For the resident foreigner, Japan’s Oshogatsu New Year holidays are a time of enforced inactivity. With the nation at a standstill, your foreign friends off in Thailand and your Japanese mates in their hometowns, things can be pretty quiet. In the holiday spirit, we offer ten ways to enliven the downtime.

Metropolis, December 25, 2011

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Washed Out: The chillwaver is just a salaryman at heart

“I don’t know if people realize I’m married and lead a very simple life,” Washed Out’s Ernest Greene says. “My wife plays in the band and handles the business end of things. When we’re at home we have a pretty normal domestic life where I do my creative things in one room while she’s in the other scheduling the year for us.”

Metropolis, January 17, 2012