Tokyo needs you – 2020 Tokyo gubernatorial election

July 5th 2020 was a momentous day - I voted for the first time in my life! Voting isn't compulsory in Japan and as I lived in Australia all of my twenties, I didn't vote for Japanese election. Last year, I felt like I didn't know enough or wasn't high on my agenda to be … Continue reading Tokyo needs you – 2020 Tokyo gubernatorial election

One more! Wanko soba experience near Tokyo

Last Sunday felt like a nearly ‘normal’ day before the pandemic - for the first time since the end of the March, I caught a train 🚋 (!). Initially, I was slightly nervous 😰 about crowds on a train but as the coronavirus infection reported in Japan are mainly at bars where people are in a … Continue reading One more! Wanko soba experience near Tokyo

How to live green in Tokyo ♻️

I've mentioned in a couple of posts (last week about the number of single use plastic bottles at work and about so many short shelf life ready made food in the supermarket), but I am constantly astounded by the amount of waste created by living in Tokyo, Japan. Sure, it is Japanese おもてなし (omotenashi, an … Continue reading How to live green in Tokyo ♻️

The differences between Japanese 🇯🇵 and Australian 🇦🇺 workplaces

This week marked my first year of working in Japan! 🎉 Fortunately, 2 months after moving back to Japan, I was able to secure a full time job at a startup where my colleagues are from all over the world.  Although my current workplace is much more relaxed and closer to the Australian working culture … Continue reading The differences between Japanese 🇯🇵 and Australian 🇦🇺 workplaces

5 Signs that summer is approaching Japan

seared bonito don in summer

June 1 officially marks the start of summer and it's started to feel like it too. How can I tell? Here are the 5 signs that we've noticed that summer is approaching Japan:  Rain 🌧 June was called "水無月" (Minaduki, characters meaning water, nothing, moon/month) and apparently it meant that it's a month of rain. Sure … Continue reading 5 Signs that summer is approaching Japan

5 home items I bought in Japan that I love

muji malay grass slipper photographed by native expat 2020 1440 x

Most of Japanese prefectures are out of state of emergency as of this week except for a few including Tokyo. Tokyo may 'officially' come out of state of emergency next week (a lot companies have already gone back to work....) but I would still be staying at home more than pre-Covid19 era for the foreseeable … Continue reading 5 home items I bought in Japan that I love

Arty Tennozu Isle with a restaurant with a view

wall art by diego Tennozu isle tokyo japan photographed by native expat 2020

Last week was Golden Week in Japan where we had Monday through to Wednesday off thanks to a number of public holidays.Saying that, due to state of emergency and with the current new normal, we stayed put in Tokyo🗼 by mainly staying at home and occasionally cycling on our bikes 🚲 when the sun came … Continue reading Arty Tennozu Isle with a restaurant with a view