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).
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.
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.
While certain aspects of life in Japan may leave you lost in translation, it’s practically a guarantee that you will have success when it comes to finding lost stuff. From pencil cases to umbrellas, glasses, and bags literally filled with cash, if it’s lost in Japan, chances are it will be reunited with its owner.
It’s a long running gag in the expat community that Japanese will be quick to tell you that Japan is a country of four seasons. But I’ve yet to run into a Japanese person who can tell me why this country is so darn humid in the summer — and dry as a bone in the winter.
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”).
Good-Bye 2017, Hello 2018! Overall, 2017 has been a year of tremendous growth and I’m ready to ring in 2018. It will be the Year of the Dog. Currently, I’m planning my blog editorial calendar and Japan pitches, as well as putting the final touches on some personal projeects.