Navigating Tokyo While Pregnant or With A Baby


Life in Japan, Life With Baby, Pregnant in Japan

I recently went to The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed cafe in Ginza. While I had trouble making my way to my exit, it was mild compared to my Shinjuku disaster a few months back. A 30 minute train ride from Shinjuku to my home station turned into a nightmare 3 hour train trip. It was awful! And all because I forgot to bring my baby carrier! I’m sharing my tips so you don’t make the same mistake. Read on…

February 21, 2018

Month 12 With Baby – Moving On When You Really Want To Give Up


A Year With Baby, Life With Baby, Relationships

Month 12 With Baby – Moving On When You Really Want To Give Up This is the final installment in my “A Year with Baby” series. And, it will probably be the realest post here on Baby Kaiju. I can’t stress enough how underprepared I was (am) for this moming thing. And knowing that there are moms out there with multiple children, I’m speechless. How do you do manage?

February 14, 2018

A Look Inside The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Tokyo


Baby Milestones, Life in Japan

Children all over the world know Eric Carle and his works, but it seems like his books and characters have made a significant impact in Japan. Cementing Eric Carle’s status as (perhaps) Japan’s most celebrated children’s author is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe. This whimsical cafe is in Ginza, Tokyo and is based on his beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

February 11, 2018

Where To Buy Makeup In Japan – Tips From A Former Gyaru


Health and Beauty, Life in Japan

It’s (already? only?) February and I’m ticking off items on my 2018 goal list. I mentioned that I wanted to return to my fashion roots, and here I am with a post about buying makeup in Japan. Excuse me as I unleash my inner Kanye West and proceed to tell you l that that I know all about Japanese makeup since I was a gyaru after all.

February 4, 2018

Behaving in Japan – A Primer on Japanese Customs and Etiquette


Life in Japan

In light of a recent controversy involving  internet celebrities and their ill-mannered behavior in Japan, I’ve decided to write this guide on manners and how to conduct oneself in Japan. The reason behind this guide is simple: as a content creator, I write lots of travel pieces introducing Japan in hopes that others will come see this amazing country. To put it more bluntly, I earn income introducing people to Japan. The very least I can do is make sure that travelers, a record-breaking 27 million foreign visitors in 2017, make the most of their visit while respecting the customs and people of Japan.

February 1, 2018

Baby’s First New Year – Hatsu Shougatsu


Baby Milestones, Life in Japan, Life With Baby

January 15 is ko shougatsu  (小正月), the end of the traditional New Year. The hago ita (羽子板) will finally be taken down and the countdown to spring will begin! As it’s the end of the New Year, today’s post will be about the Japanese way of celebrating a baby’s first new year, known as hatsu shougatsu (初正月, literally, “one’s first new year”).

January 15, 2018