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

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.

May 25, 2017

Owning a Dog in Japan – Welcoming Your New Best Friend


A Shiba's Tale, Life in Japan

So you’ve settled in nicely in Japan and want a bit of companionship, but not necessarily looking for a romantic relationship. Have you considered sharing your life with a dog? Please keep in mind that owning a dog is a lifetime commitment that requires money, time, and patience. If you think you’ve got what it takes or are simply curious about owning a dog in Japan, read on.

May 10, 2017

Rabies Vaccine for Kokuto


A Shiba's Tale, Life in Japan

Rabies Vaccine for Kokuto Japan is one of the few regions in the world, along with Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, and Guam, which can claim to be free of rabies. To keep Japan rabies-free, two ministries, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) work together to make sure that the Rabies Prevention Law is upheld and that Japan remains rabies-free.

May 7, 2017