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…
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?
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).
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”).
Sounds cliche, but it truly is hard to believe we’ve made it this far. My camera roll is literally filled with thousands of photos taken since the little monster was born — and that number is steadily growing! Poor Kokuto; you’ll get your chance to shine this 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.
You might remember that I was firm in my decision to focus on my new career as a content creator. In fact, after my Ultimate Guide to Winter Illuminations Across Japan’s 47 Prefectures was published, I was genuinely surprised when people reached out to me for collaborations. #humblebrag. Still, when the opportunity arose for me to be a part-time relief teacher, I jumped at it. Little did I know I was getting myself into a mess.
It’s hard to believe that we’re only three months away from the home stretch – completing year one with little Kaiju. She was a bit of a late bloomer, but in this month alone, she’s shown so many changes and mastery of certain motor skills. Just a few days before the 9 month mark, she surprised me by standing unassisted. It was very brief, barely for a second, but I cheered so much! I’m very happy to see all of the milestones. She’s currently got 2 and ½ teeth, with more peeking through!
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: