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 ♻️
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
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
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?
In July along Azabujuban shopping street, bamboo sticks decorated with colourful paper with wishes written on them pop up🎋. It slightly reminds me of "Christmas in July" in Australia where Christmas trees pop up again in July simply because it's winter in Australia and Australians can celebrate Christmas like the Northern Hemisphere folks. Someone wants … Continue reading What is Tanabata?
Japanese work hard. Japanese work really hard. Long hours, suits 👨💼 for men and pantyhose for women👩💼 and you have to accrue annual leaves by your tenure. On top of that, sick leave isn't a thing so a lot of people reserve their annual leaves just in case they get sick and cannot come to … Continue reading What is Golden Week? and the cheapest way to Narita Airport
After Mount Fuji, cherry blossoms and ninjas, I think Japan is famous for food. Ramen 🍜 , sushi 🍣 , sake 🍶 , matcha 🍵 are some of Japanese food that are globally available, known and craved. Food is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience another culture and something I have got stuck … Continue reading 10 unique things about eating out in Japan
For half a year, I have been preparing my relocation from Sydney to Tokyo. Luckily, my husband’s work has helped us tremendously with sea freight, real estate agent in Tokyo to help us secure a place and advice on tax. Even with a lot of help, there are still a lot of little and big … Continue reading Things to do before moving overseas