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Of Pigs, Wild Boars, and Japanese Inoshishi 

  Today we are celebrating the Chinese New Year 2019, featuring the boar, pig or hog as its zodiac sign. It’s going to be a great year, bringing us good fortune, and the boar is considered a highly intelligent and social animal found all over the world. What does boar, pig or hog mean in […]

The kindness of strangers

In 2003 I had been living in Japan for 4 years, and I was thinking of learning the art of Acupuncture. I wanted to learn it in Japan, but before entering an acupuncture school in Tokyo, I decided to go to China to try the Chinese method of needling for two months and experience the […]

Divided by a common language

When the wall between East and West Germany fell in November 1989 I was 20 years old and had just finished high school. I had been living on the east side of the wall and therefore this meant a huge change for me. The very country I grew up in disappeared within a matter of […]