Last Wednesday was White Day, the day in Japan when men give chocolates, sweets, or other gifts to women. What’s that, you say? Isn’t that just Valentine’s Day? Why do the Japanese celebrate Valentine’s Day on March 14 and call it White Day on top of that?
Today’s post is a follow up to my post about my date with the monster at The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Ginza, Tokyo. Here’s a (VERY image heavy) guide to navigating the online Japanese reservation form for the cafe. I just want to say that graphics are hard to do! Major props to all the graphic designers out there!
My little monster was being her cute destructive self, and I got to thinking about how I never, ever imagined I’d be married with a dog and a baby here in Japan. Needless to say, life, when you’re single, is much different than life when you’re married and with a child. And reaching all those milestones when in a foreign country can be overwhelming.
Well, well, well the monster is now 13 months old this week. Meaning that I haven’t had a drink in… gosh how long? Since May-June 2016! Just how bad is my craving for mommy juice?
If you follow me on Twitter or watch my Instagram stories (and if you don’t, you totally should) you know that I’m a fan of limited edition seasonal stuff. I’m always trying out the latest product that has 新発売 (new release/shin hatsubai) or 期間限定 (for a limited time only/kikan gentei) plastered on it. In fact, the Japanese text in my Twitter profile proudly states, “I’m addicted to limited edition things” (#期間限定に弱い/kikan gentei ni yowaii).
Hatsu Sekku: Celebrating Heian Japan Customs With Baby Hina Matsuri (雛祭り)and Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日) are 2 of 5 sekku, traditional Japanese celebrations deeply rooted in Japan’s Heian imperial court. Hatsu Sekku (初節句) are Momo no sekku (桃の節句) for baby girls and Tango no Sekku (端午の節句) for baby boys.
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…
How to save money in Tokyo? Shopping at 100 yen shops is obvious. Shopping late at night to get discounted food is child’s play. Here’s how I save enough yen so I can have fun doing the things I love to do.
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.
My little monster is officially one year old! Over the past twelve months several of her major development milestones were highlighted with a corresponding Japanese tradition. But nothing could prepare me for the practice of isshou mochi (一生餅).