Category Archives: Japan

Light and Dark

I’m running a photo contest for GAJET (the local JET group) and the current theme is “Light and dark.” I’m not entering it since I’m running the thing, but if I was, I’d enter this photo 🙂 By the way, … Continue reading

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Coming of Age Day — 成人の日

Happy Coming of Age Day! Today is a national holiday in Japan. Everyone who turned twenty in the past year gets all dressed up and goes to a big ceremony to celebrate. There’s lots of partying after, since 20 is … Continue reading

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Country Ma’am’s Hot Drinkable Cookie

Every now and then a Japanese company will come out with a new flavor that lights up the internet, especially in the West. Burger King’s Black Burger is a great example, as well as the recently rereleased Pepsi Pink. Lots of … Continue reading

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Shichi-Go-San

Ran into these cuties at Asakusa Sensoji Temple last weekend celebrating Shichi Go San. Aren’t they adorable? I just love seeing the littles in their gorgeous outfits! I find it interesting that the girl on the right is wearing hakama, as girls … Continue reading

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Starbucks Japan’s Holidays: Snow Maple Toffee and Cranberry Bliss White Mocha

Usually when Halloween is over, I feel a bit sad. I’ve always been a purist that the Christmas season shouldn’t start until Thanksgiving, but it’s not a holiday that requires much prep outside of the week of the event. There’s … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Gunma-chan!!!

Gunma-chan won the Yuru-Kyara Gran Prix!! It’s official, he’s the cutest character in Japan 😀 http://www.yurugp.jp/ranking2014/

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Today’s Watercolor AND Youtube: Tanabata!

This past weekend was the third and final of my city’s big festivals! The first is the Daruma festival in early January and the second is the Tanabata Festival in July. I put together this little video about it for my … Continue reading

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