Amy Chavez has been a columnist for The Japan Times since 1997. Her 'Japan Lite' column focuses on cultural differences between Japan and the West. She has published in newspapers and magazines in Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, U.K., Canada and the U.S. and has been interviewed on BBC and NPR radio. Her books are "Japan, Funny Side Up," "Running the Shikoku Pilgrimage: 900 miles to Enlightenment," and "Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do it Right and be Polite!" She lives on a small island of just under 500 people in Japan's Seto Inland Sea. She also runs the Books on Asia website.