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?
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?
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
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)
For two weekends in a row in September 2019, Japan is celebrating a public holiday on a Monday and this Monday is 秋分の日 (Shuubun no hi, Autumnal Equinox Day)🍂. In English, it makes total sense what the day involves but I wasn't too sure what "Shuubun" meant besides the character for "Shuu" is 秋, autumn … Continue reading Autumnal Equinox Day
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
Kanazawa in Ishikawa prefecture is one of three prefectures in the 北陸 (Hokuriku or Central Japan) and it was a perfect quick weekend getaway from Tokyo when my parents visited my husband and me from Australia. It felt odd to welcome my Japanese parents from Australia to Tokyo and I felt guilty for not being … Continue reading Weekend in Kanazawa