Baby’s First New Year – Hatsu Shougatsu


Baby Milestones, Life in Japan, Life With Baby

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”).

January 15, 2018

Working Women in Japan – Thoughts on a National Issue


Life in Japan, Life With Baby

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:

November 1, 2017

7 Reasons Why Living in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward is Great


Life in Japan

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 […]

August 9, 2017

International Marriage – My Husband is Japanese


Life in Japan, Relationships

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, […]

July 26, 2017

10 Years in Japan – From Gaijin Gyaru to Mama


Life in Japan

10 Years in Japan – From Gaijin Gyaru to Mama It has officially been ten, yes, TEN years that I’ve been living in Japan. Ironically, I am celebrating this very important life milestone from my home state of South Carolina! Then again, it’s perhaps fitting that I come full circle by bringing baby to my home state. As stated in my about me page, I left South Carolina straight out of college with a dream of a life in Japan, and now I’ve returned as a mom having had achieved that dream and many, many, many more. I celebrate this milestone with a blog post about why I chose to […]

July 7, 2017

Changing Diapers in My Closet – Hack My Japanese Home


Life in Japan, Life With Baby

Changing Diapers in My Closet – Hack My Japanese Home I “hacked” the closet (押入れ, o-shiire) in our Japanese room (和室, washitsu) and turned it into a diaper command center. Why? I’m short, but I have long legs, and lots of changing tables were too awkward to use. We live in an average sized condo with three rooms, one of which is a Japanese room with tatami flooring. Husband and I have our bedroom, Kokuto has always had his own room, and it was my dream that if we could have kids, the kids and Kokuo would grow up to be roommates. Obviously, the changing table would go in baby’s room, but…

May 28, 2017

Birth in Japan – Hospital Stay


Birth in Japan, Pregnant in Japan

Birth in Japan – Hospital Stay In Japan, the hospital stay can be anywhere from 4 to 10 days, depending on choice of hospital or birth clinic. Extended days are usually for women who delivered via C-Section or who had a birth with complications. In the case of my birth clinic, I had a 4 day stay. As with my prenatal visits, every thing that would happen throughout my hospital stay was meticulously detailed in my hospital handbook. Daily checkups for baby and me, blood tests, breastfeeding “classes”, baby care “classes”- nearly every hour was scheduled for us. At first, I hated the idea of staying in the hospital after […]

May 25, 2017