It’s April, the month of rebirths and new starts in Japan. I’m powering through my list of 18 personal and professional goals for 2018.
A semi-follow up to my Japanese food label guide on Best Living Japan, this article is about helping pregnant women and nursing moms stay hydrated while addressing common issues like weight gain, nausea, constipation, and other concerns.
My husband’s paternity leave is coming to an end after 8 months. To make the most of these final weekends together, we took a scenic drive via the Wangan Bayshore Route (首都高速道路湾岸線) and headed west to the port city of Yokohama.
You read that right — the most popular lip color in Japan this season is YELLOW. While yellow is a perfect spring color, I was a bit skeptical as to how yellow lipgloss would look on the average person.
This is test piece that I wrote for my portfolio that was never picked up. BOO! I will say that even though I am married, I don’t believe in “Mr. (or Ms. Right).” That’s because toxic relationships aren’t limited to romance. Family members, “friends,” and co-coworkers can be a source of stress and trouble. I believe in finding the right relationship. It took me plenty of years to be able to stand up for myself. But, knowing when to put my foot down is one of the most liberating feelings. With that said, onto the blog post!
My weekend started off with a productive Saturday — I completed two articles. But, by Sunday I fell into a slump. Amazing what 24 hours and a little (a lot) of negativity can do.
#startspreadingthenews y’all — my Baby Kaiju is officially a toddler! I had fun with the year with baby series. I often look back on those blog posts from time to time to remind me how far we’ve come. And our recent international adventure showed me just how much the monster has grown.
Despite being in an international marriage, culture shock is something that rarely comes up in our house. On top of that, I’ve pretty much become so adapted to life in Japan that I no longer feel culture shock. Reverse culture shock, on the other hand, is REAL, Y’all. Real real.
In Japan, April signals new beginnings. It’s the start of the new school year and when new work assignments and transfers happen. New things are coming to Baby Kaiju, too. Starting this month, I will post monthly roundups of my published articles and completed projects.
Out of all the animals, dogs have relatively easy and smooth pregnancies… or so it is said. Therefore, on Inu no Hi (戌の日, literally “day of the dog”) Japanese women go to a shrine during the 5th month of pregnancy to pray for aid in getting through the remainder of her pregnancy and to have a safe delivery.
As a content creator, one of my goals for 2018 is to see more of Japan. My recent visit to Kanazawa allowed me to do just that. Here’s a recap of my journey with the monster in tow.