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.
Christmas is finally here! After months of waiting, it’s time to celebrate baby’s Hajimete no Kurisumasu (初めてのクリスマス/first Christmas). It’s a fantastic opportunity to dress up your kids in Santa suits and dresses, reindeer ears, and snowman themed anything. Japan already loves Christmas cake, so there’s tons of photo opportunity for baby and their first cake.
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.
The news in Japan focuses on a few topics: 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, an increase in tourists, and working women and/or getting women back into the workforce. A recent “humorous” Twitter exchange is the reason why I’m writing this piece. Not “humorous” as in “OMG! I’m screaming rn! LMFAO!!!1!” But more along the lines of, “I laugh only because I’ve run out of options.” Here’s the Tweet that started it all:
Autumn fall, whatever you call it, it’s an undeniably beautiful season and the perfect mix of pleasant weather, bold color, vibrant entertainment, and delicious foods. My first day in Japan was a sweltering hot and humid day in late August. I had no idea that Tokyo was just as humid as Charleston. I jumped out of the frying and and into the fire – at least in Charleston I didn’t have to worry about a language barrier and avoiding cultural faux pas.
A Breastfeeding Journey – It’s Been 6 Months During World Breastfeeding Week, I did a three part post on Instagram to follow up this post I wrote around the time baby was three months old. This post is an updated version to that Instagram post.
7 Reasons Why Living in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward is Great Many apologies for the double post. “My Life in Edogawa” post got published while I was editing – and I didn’t even notice! I’m slowly finding my groove as a freelance writer. However, life with a baby means that she always becomes my priority. No matter if I have the perfect pitch or perfect opening for an article, I can’t write until she lets me. Still, I’m proud that I’ve been officially freelancing for two months now. I’m not making anywhere near my previous salary, but I like having something to do. At least I can justify being on the […]
Date with Baby – Kasai Rinkai Park, Ikspiari, and Disney Resort Line After a period of adjustment back to life in Japan, baby and I went on a half-day date. Out trip, by bus and train, took us around Edogawa in Tokyo and Maihama in Chiba. We visited Kasai Rinkai Park, then headed to Ikspiari, a Disney themed shopping mall. Finally, we rode the Disney Resort Line (Disney monorail) to Tokyo Disney Sea before heading home.
International Marriage – My Husband is Japanese I thought I should title this post “Why I Married a Japanese Man” just because it’s a clickbait-y title. Being Japanese, that is something about my husband that he can’t control. I didn’t seek out a Japanese husband, and I would have married him if he were American, Korean, Egyptian, whatever. It sounds so “post racial,” but it’s true. I imagine people would want to know why I married a Japanese guy or there must be people out there wondering how they too could marry a Japanese guy, or could a relationship with a Japanese man and black American woman work. Recently, […]