...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,...

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...

Maybe you're planning to move to Japan,  or maybe you've lived here for awhile and are looking for somewhere that's not as hectic as Tokyo, yet still offers all the vibes and conveniences that a big city offers. -Somewhere you can get a little more...

Japanese Recycle Shops/Services and Recycle Concept Whether you are furniture shopping for your new apartment or trying to find places to donate/sell stuff, Japan has a variety of Second-Hand shops to choose from. -Or as Japan calls them, "Recycle Shops (リサイクルショップ)", since they were created to...

How to throw away your trash in Tokyo Welcome to Japan- the land of systems, and organization. There is so much good that comes from living in an organized country! Clean trains, organized lines/queues, and a systematic way of sorting trash. Lovely. When you first move here, you...