Are you struggling to find the time and energy to keep up a clean home and not be entirely consumed by it? There is so much going on in our lives these days that it's hard to juggle it all. Whether you are single, a...

...The rainy season continues as we enter July! We have 2 topics to cover for this article--   On the 7th of July is one of the Gosekku (五節句 / 5 annual ceremonies) ... "TANABATA MATSURI!" (七夕祭り)   :-) Also known as Star Festival. We will let you look up its meaning and origins,...

(header photo by Patrick Vierthaler) June and TSUYU With the passing of May’s blue skies and refreshing weather, June is finally here. While Japan may only have four official seasons, this time of the year marks the beginning of another special period- Japan’s rainy season. Called ‘tsuyu’ in...

Sekku Part 2: Golden Week and Boy’s Day (retrospective report, updated mid-May) Once cherry blossom season is finished in Tokyo, attention immediately shifts to Golden Week. Golden Week takes place at the end of April to the beginning of May, and is a series of consecutive holidays...

Hanami is great   In Tokyo, cherry blossoms are usually in full bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April but this year (2021) they came a little early. As you all my know, among all seasonal Japanese traditions, Hanami is by far one...

Food and the Seasons With the passage of Hinamatsuri, spring is finally upon us in Tokyo (article posted in mid-March). If you look up at trees in the city, plum blossoms should now be gone with the buds of the Sakura trees getting bigger and bigger. It...

The Four Seasons in Tokyo   Spring is on its way! The flowers of the plum tree are the harbingers of spring in Japan – giving Tokyoites a reminder that winter is finally coming to an end. The plum blossoms begin in February, followed by the peach blossoms in March. And of course,...

(part 2 of our 2 part series, What to Expect When You Are Expecting in Japan - CLICK HERE for part 1)   Congratulations on your baby!   Well done Momma (or Papa), you did it!   Has life settled in for you yet? With all things new, late-night feedings, needing...

(part 1 of our 2 part series, What to Expect When You Are Expecting in Japan - CLICK HERE for part 2) Have you just found out that you are expecting? Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you ahead!   Coupled with the excitement, is perhaps a stark...