What happens during the Japanese Enthronement Ceremony?

an image of Japanese enthronement ceremony for heisei emperor in 1990

Japan will be grabbing the world's attention next week again, not for the fear of what damage typhoon Hagibis will cause but to celebrate our Emperor's Naruhito's 即位礼正殿の儀 (Sokuirei Seiden no Gi or the Enthronement Ceremony) 🙌. The centuries-old traditional ceremony passed down through the world's oldest continuing hereditary monarch will be attended by Prince … Continue reading What happens during the Japanese Enthronement Ceremony?

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Can the Health-Sports Day run away from the super Typhoon Hagibis?

google satellite view of Japan with typhoon hagibis captured by native expat 2019 October

Yet another long weekend in Japan this weekend started a bit tense compared to the other long weekends I have experienced in Japan this year (and we have had so many!) as Japan embraces for the strongest typhoon yet this year, Typhoon Hagibis. Hagibis is coming... First, the public holiday This long weekend is “Health-Sports … Continue reading Can the Health-Sports Day run away from the super Typhoon Hagibis?

Rising tax and the rising Rugby fever in the Land of the Rising Sun

rugby viewing at the fan zone in marunouchi photographed by Native Expat 2019

Just as Japan started to host the 6 weeks long Rugby World Cup 🏉 on September 20, Japan’s complicated tax increase was introduced from October 1 where some items’ tax has increased from 8% to 10% 💹.  First the bad news...tax increase Unlike Australia, the prices are generally listed before tax in Japan and the … Continue reading Rising tax and the rising Rugby fever in the Land of the Rising Sun

6 things I discovered when I went back home (Sydney) from home (Tokyo)

The view of Sydney harbour from the airplane photographed by Native Expat

Thanks to Respect for the Aged Day and Autumnal Equinox Day celebrated in Japan, I went back to Sydney, Australia for the first time since I moved to Tokyo 7 months ago 🛫. With the flight booked on the day I flew out of Tokyo (!) and being such a last-minute decision to visit Sydney … Continue reading 6 things I discovered when I went back home (Sydney) from home (Tokyo)

Japanese mentality to work and yet another public holiday

a man getting frustrating but enduring and an old lady being happy with her grandson illustrated by Yukari Wilson 2019 for Native Expat

Compared to Australians who switch their jobs every 2-3 years (or working on 6 months contract a time), I have an impression that Japanese stick to their job where you enter a company as a graduate and (if you're a man) stick around until you receive your golden watch on the way out to retirement. … Continue reading Japanese mentality to work and yet another public holiday