Back to basics: How to cook Bamboo shoot in a Japanese style

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went on a beautiful nature getaway in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo at a glamping site called Private Garden the West. The owner kindly gave us two massive 筍(takenoko or bamboo shoot)🎍. 2 very proud bamboo shoot freshly harvested in Chiba Bamboo shoot isn't a common ingredient … Continue reading Back to basics: How to cook Bamboo shoot in a Japanese style

Glamping near Tokyo

private garden the west side house a glamping getaway near Tokyo photographed by native expat 2020

Last Wednesday (March 25), Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike strongly urged people to work from home, stay at home at night and during this weekend as Tokyo's coronavirus infection rate continue to rise. Similar to many other cities around the world, panic food shopping happened in Tokyo as well that night... All the essentials stocked out … Continue reading Glamping near Tokyo

Eating out highlights in Azabujyuban, Tokyo

Shunjyukusei Azabujyuban restaurant meat

From this week onwards, my workplace have commenced working from home indefinitely due to COVID-19 🦠 aka coronavirus aka pandemic that is spreading around the world.   Australia seemed relatively calm until the last two weeks and not only is it spreading geographically but fear is everywhere we look. Social feeds and news feeds are … Continue reading Eating out highlights in Azabujyuban, Tokyo

Hidden Japanese meanings behind candies, marshmallow and cookies

Today, March 14th is White Day in Japan.  It is a celebration that started in Japan and not many non-Japanese are familiar with this celebration. Although I have heard of it, I never knew people who actually partaken in it. So I've researched about the history and asked my husband to share his experience. Before … Continue reading Hidden Japanese meanings behind candies, marshmallow and cookies

Japanese working life’s right of passage: annual medical examination

Working in Japan, one of the unique features is the annual medical examination.As Japan's new working year is from April 1, my deadline for the medical examination was fast approaching so I went last Thursday, nervously. What is an annual medical examination? The annual medical examination is mandatory for a full-time employee and it is … Continue reading Japanese working life’s right of passage: annual medical examination

Pause life, coronavirus is here

mask emoji and pause sign

I was going to post about last Monday's Emperor's birthday public holiday🎂(his birthday was February 23, his first birthday as an emperor), how we went to Aomori for skiing ⛷and a little bit about Aomori for today's post🍎.However, life in Japan cannot ignore the effect of coronavirus or COVID-19🦠. The last couple of weeks Since … Continue reading Pause life, coronavirus is here