‘Kawaii’ means ‘cute’ in Japanese and is a very useful word to know in Japan because you can use to describe practically anything and everything. As in, ‘Look at that dog in a Mickey Mouse costume! It’s so kawaii!’ Or, ‘Look at that man’s cell phone charm shaped like a hot dog! Kawaii!’ Everything here… Read More Kawaii Culture Craze
Matsushima, Japan. Matsu is the name of the type of tree that grows on the islands and ‘shima’ means Island. There are dozens of little islands like these, all over the bay. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Some Good News I’ve had the last week off and spent a relaxing few days at my friend’s grandmother’s house… Read More Quick Update On My Life: Sendai, Mount Fuji and I’m Going to be in a Magazine!
Okay, warning: I’m about to make fun of Japanese fashion for a second. But I’m sorry, it’s just too funny not to. T-shirts with English phrases printed on them are really popular here. Unfortunately for these t-shirts (and the people who where them), somewhere in the manufacturing process, spell check and a translation check were… Read More ‘Engrish’ T-Shirts are Hirarious
If ‘three’s a crowd’ then the the word ‘crowded’ doesn’t even begin to describe Tokyo and it’s 11 million inhabitants, (35 million in the greater metropolitan area). It’s fascinatingly congested, in a ‘wow, how are they going to manage to squeeze that overweight tourist and his overstuffed suitcases into this already jam-packed train?’ sort of… Read More Drowning in a Sea of Humanity, or, A Typical Day in Tokyo
Me and Some Friends Karaoke-ing in Shinjuku, Tokyo. I was looking over some of my past posts, and I realize that they all have one thing in common: They’re all sort of on the negative, depressing side. I think that has mainly to do with the fact that the only time I feel moved to… Read More Its Not All That Bad, Really
Last week I visited Yoyogi Park for the first time and it was Disneyland, Halloween and the zoo all wrapped up into one giant parade of the weirdest Tokyo has to offer. It was people-watching heaven. There were girls dressed like Disney princesses (but sluttier, think stripper heels and short skirts) and guys decked out… Read More Yoyogi Park in Tokyo is People-Watching Heaven
Me at the Kasai Rinkin Koen Beach in Tokyo Like my fan? It’s tres Japanese. Summer has finally hit Japan. Hard. And I live on the first floor of a concrete apartment building that has no air conditioning. And there are only three windows in my entire apartment. So as you can probably imagine, cold… Read More What Tokyo is like in the Summer: Time to break out the gloves and sun umbrellas!
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on sight-seeing excursions to enjoy a day in a foreign country. You just need to adjust your idea of what “sight-seeing” involves. One of my favorite things to do when in a new country, is to wander the aisles of the local grocery, department or toy… Read More Found at a ‘Toys R Us’ in Japan
I had a freakishly awesome day that I just felt that I had to share with the world. “The World” being the handful of friends that are (hopefully?) reading this…and possibly, maybe, my dad. Anyways, I had the afternoon off from work and went in search of a Japanese language class, (pouring paprika on my… Read More Anteaters and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
A few weeks ago I was very gung-ho about joining a gym. But then luckily I remembered that I don’t actually go to gyms. I just join them, buy a closet full of cute exercise clothes and then talk incessantly and obsessively about how I should be at the gym instead of at (insert name… Read More English Teacher…Or Aerobics Instructor?