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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 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 ...

Setagaya Ume Matsuri 2015 世田谷梅祭り

Plum blossoms are the best. Sakura (cherry blossoms) may get all the attention, but personally I love ume (plum) blossoms the most. They have the delicacy of cherry blossoms, but also the strength to survive the harsh conditions of winter. When the hanami (flower viewing) custom was said to start in ...

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 Weekly Bulletin: Week 6, 2015

Well, it's been quite the week. It snowed last Friday and I'm not impressed. I don't hate snow per se, but if I loved it, I would probably live somewhere colder. And in a place where they know how to handle it. Though this year's first snow wasn't too bad, it did cause some train delays and was pretty ...