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Re: Japan, My wife is also the one that has a real hard hate and love relationship with it. She loves the conveniences and the lifestyle outside of work ie drinking at our buddies izakaya, enjoying the outdoors, family etc. However she hates working there with a fiery passion. She has even hated dealing with Japanese bosses in American companies she worked in. As a women, she always has to push herself further just to get the same recognition as her male colleagues plus the salary is pretty stagnant.

I've dealt with some of the Japanese work bs before, but usually I'm a training manager role for foreign hotels so it's not too bad since I usually get the control until we reach an impasse and nothing gets done.
Very much this. My wife is in that 40-something generation of educated women, who were really the first to reject the system completely in this way. Of her peer group in architecture, urban design and planning, about a quarter are living overseas, most permanently, doing a variety of things, and of the rest who stayed in Japan, a quarter are either independent practicing architects in Japan, another quarter are in academia or arts & cultural organizing, so probably only a quarter ended up in the traditional route of working for a company in a position way below their level of talent and ability until they got married and stopped working.

My wife, who is a published translator of both academic and commercial books into Japanese, these days, says that although she misses many things regularly, especially the food, the onsen, and the reliable and convenient public transport, she never wants to work in Japan again. Because things have not really got much better for women.
Yeah me and my wife are a lot younger and although we love the idea of going back to live in Japan, she personally wouldn't again until she is working freelance for a foreign company or sets up her own company doing UI/UX. I personally wish we could be doing several months in Chicago, leave to Mexico when it gets cold, and live in Japan during the spring. Ahhh dreamssss.
Interesting stuff, thank you for all of the perspectives. It was definitely a concern and part of the calculus when deciding to make the move or not, and with her interview process stretching over six months we had lots of time to work through those things. Long calls with female family members that are currently working or have worked in Japan, and recognizing that she's in a pretty unique position at this particular job. It's a European company but she's working for the Japan division of it, and all of the upper management here (and some in Europe) are women, which isn't an accident.

And working in fashion/design, there is a lot of talk between her and her contemporaries about the toxic environments they've spent their whole careers in (no matter what country or city) and how they're now in the position to make a difference and stop perpetuating that. So that gives some hope for the future, it will just take this current vanguard to do it.
 

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I used to buy a copy once a year at the airport, which was usually their special annual rating of global cities, which I then used as an example of how ridiculous rating systems for cities are in the Global Cities course that I teach.
Real monocle readers get them for free in the lounge and tweet about how they picked it up there ans there are lots of good insights about how to navigate the localism-globalism dialectic of today.

Monocle is basically Thomas Friedman for people who bought the juicero instead of investing in it.
 

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I used to buy a copy once a year at the airport, which was usually their special annual rating of global cities, which I then used as an example of how ridiculous rating systems for cities are in the Global Cities course that I teach.
I must say, having watched so many fashion magazines come and go throughout the 2010s, I must commend Monocle for their staying power. Sad stores like Gentry or Inventory aren’t still around.
 

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And working in fashion/design, there is a lot of talk between her and her contemporaries about the toxic environments they've spent their whole careers in (no matter what country or city) and how they're now in the position to make a difference and stop perpetuating that. So that gives some hope for the future, it will just take this current vanguard to do it.
That's great. It seems like allot of industries with a big sense of "paying your dues" just to get to the middle have weeded out those that might oppose difunctional ways of working before they get to areas of influence. Some may not be willing to participate or in the case of something like having to intern forever be able to pay the cost of entry.
 

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Hadn't seen anyone post about it but RIP to Virgil Abloh, who was announced today to have passed away after a fight with cancer.

Though I was never a large proponent of his work, I think he stands as a figure that has done much for 'fashion' in terms of visibility, accessibility, and opening doors for those traditionally less inclined to have support.
 

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Anyone got a great place for wedding bands? I’m looking for something like a platinum band, simple maybe with some burnishing. Silver works too
yeah wherever you get your fiancé’s made will most likely make you a dudes one for a few hundred bucks to whatever width or material you want
 

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Anyone got a great place for wedding bands? I’m looking for something like a platinum band, simple maybe with some burnishing. Silver works too
I used James Allen (jamesallen.com) for my wife and I. We both liked it because they allow free resizes, good prices, and allow you to trade in for an upgrade at the same value you originally paid. They don’t have infinite options like some other sites, but if you’re not picky you can likely find something.
 

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