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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Half Birthday – Celebrating 6 Months of Life Together The half-birthday (ハーフバースディ, ha-fu ba-sudei) is not exclusive to Japan. It’s also big the West and you may see half birthday parties or photo shoots on Pintrest or Instagram.
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