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The Weekly Bulletin: Week 10, 2015

Yesterday was Hina Matsuri (or Girls' Day, Doll's Festival), where families place out dolls in Heian dress, eat tons of food and wish ...


Ichigoichielove: The 100th Post!

I had a bit of a conundrum the other day. I had several different posts scheduled and ready to go when I realized the next one would ...


The Weekly Bulletin: Week 9, 2015

It's finally getting warmer in Tokyo! I'm 99% thrilled and 1% upset because the sneezing, coughing and general spring snotfest has ...

Love in a time of smallpox

True Japanese Love Stories: Akechi Mitsuhide and Tsumaki Hiroko

Here we are, on the final Monday of February, aka Valentine's month! We've covered Japanese romance superstitions, Valentine's Day customs, and also some urban legends related to falling in love. And let me tell you, I had big plans for this month of romance finale. However, due pickiness and sketchy ...


The Weekly Bulletin: Week 8, 2015

It's been rather chilly this past week, with strong gusts of wind that had me literally shaking the whole time outside. That is, with the exception of sunny lunchtimes which lured me into a false sense of security thinking it was warming up. Ha. Nope. [caption id="attachment_3787" align="aligncenter" ...

Five Perks of Being Married to a

Five Perks of Being Married to a Japanese Salaryman

Like many Japanese salarymen, YJ works late. A lot. And then has a long commute on top of that. It often sucksーwe can't eat together, or go anywhere... He almost only ever sees me in my pajamas: when he leaves for work and when he comes home. (And it's not because I'm not dressed before 10am, I ...


The Weekly Bulletin: Week 7, 2015

Almost halfway through February, and just a couple of days away from Valentine's Day! If you're not sure how the Japanese celebrate this commercial holiday of luuurve, don't forget to check out Monday's post about the origins of the celebration in Japanーand why it's a little bit "off". But on to our ...