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...

Japanese market stuffs?! It's no secret that the Japanese live long lives. Their life expectancy is one of the tops in the world. It could be that most Japanese are incredibly active, some even traveling internationally well into their 80's. Or it could just be that...

We are calling out to you guys- our faithful and loyal clients and followers. We want your help!!   Moving countries can bring about challenges and difficulties—the unknown of a foreign land, and even a foreign language. The Kanji symbols and scripts can make it even more...

The anticipation and excitement of Japanese summers is one felt by all ages. Schools are out, and it's the season for summer festivals and fireworks displays. Beaches turn into little resorts with their ‘Umi no Ies’ beach huts, and people escape to the beautiful rivers...