• Design Fiesta 2012 Part 2
    November 22nd, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Events, Shopping
    Design Festa is held twice a year, in May and November. It is the biggest artshow in Japan and is extraordinary. As promised, here are the rest of the photos from the Design Fiesta 2012 held at the Tokyo Big Sight. See the first batch of the photos here. OBJECTS ... » Continue Reading
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    Around the Bases
    November 22nd, 2012By Category: Play
    If you haven't been in Japan long, you'll soon realize that the United States military has set up shop throughout the country. About 38,000 service members and their families live and work on no fewer than 85 military facilities on Honshu, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Despit ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Ryokan
    November 21st, 2012By Category: Play
    Photo by Katie McGregor Hostessing is an art, and it is an art that the Japanese have refined over many generations. If you are visiting Japan I highly recommend staying at a Ryokan. A Ryokan is a Japanese style inn. Ryokan are a way to rest and relax while exper ... » Continue Reading
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    Driving in Japan: Does Cuteness Save Lives?
    November 21st, 2012By Category: Play
    I had front row seats to the show. A whole two hours of what I assumed would be a thoroughly gruelingly attempt at straining my ears to follow a single word the instructor said and praying to any deity that’d have me for a follower that I wouldn’t be asked to speak in a ... » Continue Reading
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    The Leaves, They Are A-Changin’ – Magome-Tsumago Trail: A Day Trip from Nagoya
    November 20th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    When the city smog gets a bit much, this is a scenic and easy hiking trail to do – perfect for seeing the autumn leaves at their best. If Japan was mentioned before I had any notion that I was coming here, I immediately thought of city life. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka – cha ... » Continue Reading
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    Food Trip Around Lake Kawaguchi
    November 20th, 2012By Category: Play
    Aside from a great view of Mount Fuji, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Yamanashi. Walking around Lake Kawaguchi is a nice experience. I really did enjoy the views of Lake Kawaguchi and the mountains. I'm sure if you are lucky enough to see Mt. Fuji i ... » Continue Reading
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    Design Fiesta 2012 Part 1
    November 19th, 2012By Category: Play
    Design Festa is held twice a year, in May and November.  It is the biggest artshow in Japan and is extraordinary.  Anyone can buy a booth or a large canvas and get stuck in.  Everyone lets loose and the reception is awesome.  It is held at Big Sight over two floors ... » Continue Reading
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    Always adorable, sometimes odd: Japanese Preschool
    November 16th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Six years ago I was a Canadian university student in Tokyo for the summer with a then girlfriend and needed work.  My friend's father set up a job at a neighbour hood preschool for me within days.  I was weary, expecting to be the warden I rebelled against so strong ... » Continue Reading
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    Two Japanese Life Skills You Must Master
    November 16th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    If you want to be a success in Japan, there are only two things you really need to nail. The unfortunate small problem is, they’re opposites. But perhaps a colorful story will help to illustrate. So I was in a “standing bar” a couple of weeks ago, which is like ... » Continue Reading
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    A Piece of Thailand in Japan
    November 15th, 2012By Category: Play
    Sato and I LOVE this Thai restaurant. We came across it because at my first job I was a preschool teacher. One of my student's family is Thai and has this Thai restaurant. They invited me to their restaurant and so Sato and I went and the food was soooooo good!! When ... » Continue Reading
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    How to Bow Like a Japanese
    November 14th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    What could be more typically Japanese than bowing? Every other book about Japan has something to say on the subject, so it must be important, right? Certainly a lot of foreigners come to Japan and start bowing like crazy, so maybe they all read the same book. I ... » Continue Reading
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    When Kawaii (Cute) Becomes Kowai (Scary) : Cuteness Overload in Japan
    November 14th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    One impossible thing to ignore in Japanese society is the obsession of everything cute. Walk into a Japanese female’s apartment and prepare to be bombarded by a cuteness explosion. The stuffed animals, pink bunny clock, and fuzzy slippers are what you might expe ... » Continue Reading