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.
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.