I had a three-day weekend, so I finally made a video tour of our house in Nakatsu! Hope you enjoy listening to me ramble about tatami mats. (^_-)-☆ I had some technical difficulties, so it got dark while I was filming. I’ll do a daylight tour next time! Advertisements
Families in Japan recently gathered to celebrate Obon, a holiday honoring the spirits of dead ancestors. Grown children return to hometowns, generations reunite, and together they visit and tend to relatives’ graves. Some carry the spirits back home to household altars to spend a few days together, preparing meals for them (a fading tradition, I … More Bon Odori in Bungotakada
Sometimes, after a long day, you just wanna plop down in a forest of neon mushrooms, eat food that looks like it was shat out of a rainbow, and watch sexy Harajuku girls dance atop a spinning birthday cake. No? Just me? In any case, I highly recommend popping by the Kawaii Monster Café in … More Tokyo Highlight: Kawaii Monster Cafe
Shopping in Harajuku is really, really tiring but really, really fun. I don’t know what else to say about it. The current fashions are spring-in-the-mid-90s: bubblegum pastels, light denim and floral sundresses. Chunky shoes and black chokers are back in a big way. My friend Krissy and I wandered around the shops and reminisced about junior … More Tokyo Trip: Shopping in Harajuku
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Forgotten spirits get their revenge in Japan by destroying your laundry.?Appeasing them requires?vigilance, patience and a calm disposition. Pro Tip: To calculate the percentage of clothing your washing machine will destroy, you can use this metaphysical equation: X = S + B / O Here, X = items of…
Imagine you are eight years old, and you’re sleeping over at a friend’s house for the first time. You’re soon dismayed to realize that her parents are those particular kind, the kind that are too tidy, with an array of unfamiliar rules. “We take our shoes off in the foyer. Don’t play in the living room. Please take your feet off … More On Culture Shock
I just had my first-ever Costco experience in Kitakyushu, Japan of all places. It’s pretty much how I imagine American Costco to be, but with cleaner bathrooms. We’ll be using our new membership to stock up periodically on precious resources like shredded taco cheese, salsa, taco seasoning, tortilla chips, and black olives. Have I mentioned we miss Tex-Mex? A coworker … More We went to Japanese Costco.