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

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?

What is Tanabata?

tanabata orihime and hikoboshi digital illustration by native expat 2019

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?

What is Golden Week? and the cheapest way to Narita Airport

children's day koi or karp and airplane

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