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Intercultural Relationships 国際恋愛

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 swear!) There are however ...

Conversations with YJ: I Can’t Live* Without You

*like a normal human being   While I spent most of December sitting on a couch eating nachos and watching QI reruns on TV, YJ was working, working and working some more. Despite taking about 5 days off for our mini honeymoon, he still managed to clock 80 hours of overtime before the end of the month. That's 80 ...

Japanese Superstitions: Love and Dating

Love is in the air...! Well, it's February, which means it's Valentine's month! (Yes, month. It seems to last almost as long as Christmas these days.) While I'm not really into Valentine's itself, YJ and have our proper-dating anniversary this month! ^^ (In fact, it's todayーFeb 2ndーreally easy to remember!) To celebrate ...

Conversations with YJ: Granddad おじいさんと話したら・・・

YJ's family isn't your stereotypical, traditional Japanese family. They aren't that "out there" either, but manage to strike a balance between "weirder than most" and "not as weird as what blogger Crazy Chinese Family has to deal with". I love them dearly, but they surprise me, often. Most of all though, I like YJ's ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 46

We're solidly into November, the last month of the year. How did this happen? There are only a few more weeks left! But I have so much to do! So little time. And then there's the Christmas shopping... argh! The end of year panic has officially set in. I hope all of you are holding up well, and not worrying unnecessarily over ...

Massan: An AMWF Love Story

There's a TV show that's taking Japan by storm this season, at a most unlikely hour (8am in the morning!) and with an unlikely focus: an AMWF (Asian Male White Female) couple in 1920s Japan. The series is called "Massan" and is very loosely based on a true story, and offers insights into intercultural marriage in Japan at ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 43

This year seems to be passing by far too fast. Perhaps it's proof that I'm getting older (who am I kiddingーwe're all getting older!), but I feel there's not enough time to do all the things I want to. Maybe it's a sign of maturity that I don't wander around the house saying "I'm booooooored" like when I was younger. Or ...