The Red Gate is a collection of first-hand accounts of Japanese life written from the perspective of a foreigner. These stories will hopefully shed some light on a culture and a people that still seem mysterious to many Westerners and even some neighbors in Asia. Japan’s major cultural exports fall into one of two extremes – the ultra modern world of robots, anime, and wacky TV shows or the ancient, traditional world of Zen temples, tea ceremonies, and kabuki. The strange mix of old and new often overshadows the Japanese people and their everyday culture. The Red Gate tries to fill in the gap between the two extremes and provides an honest look into Japanese life.
Dan is a recent college graduate living in Kobe and teaching English at a Japanese high school. When not teaching or writing, you can probably find Dan at the local public baths.