Noboribetsu, Hokkaido: A weekend in a steamy onsen demon town

For a couple of years, my husband has been dying to go to 🔥hell🔥; that is 地獄谷, Jigokudani or Hell Valley in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido (the northern island of Japan) famous for 温泉 (onsen, hot spring)♨. Japan has many famous onsen destinations but Noboribetsu is the most famous area in Hokkaido and is often highly ranked … Continue reading Noboribetsu, Hokkaido: A weekend in a steamy onsen demon town

Tokyo local’s way to enjoy art and food in Ueno

Mentioned in the last week's post, we had a public holiday to celebrate Culture Day and that free entries were offered at some of the major museums around the country. Here's how we spent our first Culture Day since we moved to Japan at the start of the year. What's Ueno like? 上野 (うえの, Ueno) … Continue reading Tokyo local’s way to enjoy art and food in Ueno

Japan autumn wrap up -Rugby World Cup, ancient dress up festival and yet another public holiday

Rugby World Cup semi final All Black vs England atmosphere photographed by native expat in 2019 October

🍂Autumn in Japan is known for many things in Japan🍂 - スポーツの秋、読書の秋、芸術の秋、 食欲の秋- Autumn for Sports, Reading, Arts, and Appetite. Basically, the survivors of Japan's stifling heat and humidity in summer remember that life is actually good (or that you can be alive) and are reborn with excitement and energy (plus autumn is a great … Continue reading Japan autumn wrap up -Rugby World Cup, ancient dress up festival and yet another public holiday

Japanese emperor and the story of #EmperorWeather

emperor reading his words during enthronement ceremony on October 22 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, was the 即位礼正殿の儀 (Sokuirei Seiden no Gi or the Enthronement Ceremony) where our new emperor officially became Reiwa Emperor in front of over 190 countries royals and leaders 🎌. The enthronement day started with a cold and rainy day. A lot of people mentioned on twitter that it may be because … Continue reading Japanese emperor and the story of #EmperorWeather

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