New Year’s in Japan is an important but low-key affair, more focused on family than partying. I wasn’t really sure how to spend it here, so I was happy when my friend Yuki invited John and me to join her celebration. The evening consisted of 11pm soba noodles with her family (soba is a New Year’s good luck … More New Year’s Eve at Komo-Jinja
Day 1: We arrived in Icheon, the sleekest airport I’ve ever seen, with the prettiest travelers. Black was in, with glossy pale skin, lip tint, and heeled ankle boots. I was dressed all wrong. We headed to stay with our friends Amy and Jouni in Itaewon, the posher of Seoul’s two main foreigner neighborhoods. It’s a … More Christmas in Seoul
The kids at school informed me that today is Pocky Day, because 11/11 mimics the shape of the classic cylindrical snack. Apparently this is a real thing—in 1999 Ezaki Clico Co Ltd. created “Pocky & Pretz* Day” as a form of customer appreciation/marketing. What can I say? It worked, because a whole class of my 7th-graders coordinated … More It’s Pocky Day!