Category Archives: Modern Traditions

Today’s Watercolor: Hearts!

This week is one of my favorite holidays, so in honor of Valentine’s Day I have not one but two watercolors planned! The first one is under the cut, and the next one will be up later this week. I’m also … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I actually sent out traditional Japanese 年賀所 or nengajo this year! I always love receiving a big stack of of cards on New Year’s day, but I’ve always been daunted by the process of making them. I finally buckled down … Continue reading

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Summer Fireworks Hair

Summer is winding down, so I thought I’d share this lovely photo of pop darling Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s fabulous summer fashion, which she posted on twitter recently. Is it better than her Christmas Hair? Afterall, nothing says summer like fireworks. … Continue reading

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Disney’s Year of the Dragon

Happy Lunar New Year! Sean’s family is Thai-Chinese, so the holiday is always a big deal in our family. It’s still a bit strange to me that the zodiac animal changes at January 1st in Japan, so I decided not … Continue reading

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Hello Kitty celebrates 七五三

November 15th is one of my favorite holidays in Japan. It’s not a public holiday, so we still have to go to work tomorrow, but it’s a cultural holiday like Setsubun and Hinamatsuri. 七五三 or Shichi-Go-San means 7-5-3, and is … Continue reading

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Happy Tanabata!

Today is Tanabata here in Japan! It is also known as the Star Festival, 七夕 or simply 7/7, and is the holiday of star-crossed lovers. It’s a bit romantic and fun, with lots of great decorations. When we did holiday … Continue reading

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Our trip to the Daruma Factory!

Yesterday we did something that was easily one of the coolest things we’ve ever done in Japan. We had a Super Awesome Secret Mission for Anime Expo–we went to the Daruma Factory to get special custom Daruma for this year’s … Continue reading

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