Category: Life in Japan

What Happens After A Dream Comes True?

Normally I don’t write (deeply) personal things here on Baby Kaiju. The theme, tone, and focus of this blog has evolved since I started it last May. I want Baby Kaiju to be a resource, and not a journal where I collect my thoughts. However…

How To Talk About Cosmetics and Skin Care Products in Japanese

英語で美容について話しましょう! I love to be adventurous when it comes to skincare and cosmetics, but it certainly helps when you know what you’re putting on your face! If you’re curious to expand your Japanese beauty’s vocabulary, this post is for you! It’s a cheat sheet that’s all about how to talk about cosmetics and skin care products in Japanese.

5 Super Easy Japanese Recipes For Fall

Last weekend we went to Ibaraki to visit the inlaws. Among the many treats we got from my father-in-law’s garen were kabocha or Japanese pumpkins, which I used to make kabocha no nimino (simmered pumpkin). This led me to think about all the fun fall foods that are coming this way.  Here are 5 super easy Japanese recipes for fall that are perfect when you don’t know what to cook for dinner.

Life In Japan: The Dos and Don’ts Of Obon

Obon (お盆), a week-long holiday held in the middle of August, is a time for Japanese people to return to their hometowns and pay respects to relatives and ancestors. This Obon, as with every summer since getting married, I will be spending my time in a coastal town in Ibaraki with my in-laws.  Today, I’ll be sharing a few snippets of life in Japan – the dos and don’ts of Obon.

Summer Fun At The Edogawa Goldfish Festival

Summer in Japan means three things: beaches, matsuri, and fireworks. We’ve already gotten out beach fix with our trip to Isshiki Kaigan (with more beach time to come when we visit the in-laws in Ibaraki in a few weeks.) Next on our summer to-do list is attend a few matsuri, starting with my favorite, the Edogawa Goldfish Matsuri.