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Shimokitazawa Tengu Matsuri 2015

Last Saturday was Shimokitazawa's famous festival, the Tengu Matsuri. Held every year at the beginning of February, it's closely related to Japan's Setsubun celebration, which is the day before Spring, according to a seriously messed up old Japanese calendar. That may seem harsh, but it snowed all day ...

Tokyo Walking 19 東京ウォーキング

Throwback Thursday: My first visit to the infamous Tokyo Immigration Bureauーa large, looming and always crowded site of red tape and a general atmosphere of utter despair. It is often a frustrating experience because no one ever seems to know exactly what is needed for what kind of visa and thus ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 5, 2015

This week will be quite possibly the most eclectic mix of newsy bits so far. My brain (and physical self) has been a little bit all over the place lately! It's almost February, can you believe it!? I spent over a week and a half jet-lagged, so it's not surprising most of this month seems a blur... But ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 4, 2015

Well, hello there! I hope you're having a great week! The sun has been shining in Tokyo and brought out an equally bright demeanor in me, even though my toes are still frozen (a little bit of snow today!)...brr! Got another mixed bag for the weekly bulletin as always, hope you enjoy! [caption ...

8 Surprising Things Japanese People Forget While Living Abroad

This list was originally compiled by a writer at Madame Ririーa website dedicated to Japanese people either living abroad, or are interested in international communication, lifestyles and so on. This particular author lives in France, and though some of her points are either incorrect or irrelevant ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 3, 2015

*Knock knock* Hey there, remember me!? Long time no see! I kind of fell off the internet there for a while, which was stressful at first (I wanted to post but couldn't) and then quite relaxing once I got settled into the holiday spirit of eating too much and watching far too many reruns of QI and ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 51

Christmas is closing in! Have you done your holiday shopping yet? Am I stressing you out by asking?  I hope everyone has a wonderful last few weeks of the year—holiday celebrations or not—and that you have a chance to wind down and live it up before we enter 2015. As for me, I'm stuffing my ...