Autumnal Equinox Day

autumnal equinox day in Japan public holiday celebrated in September

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

Japanese mentality to work and yet another public holiday

a man getting frustrating but enduring and an old lady being happy with her grandson illustrated by Yukari Wilson 2019 for Native Expat

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

A sense of place at 6 months mark of living in Japan

watching bledisloe cup 2019 at hobgoblin in roppongi tokyo photographed by native expat 2019

2 seasons ago at the end of February 2019, I moved back to Japan after living in Australia for 18 years. Reflecting on it, I feel like I have settled into a routine of "living". Monday to Friday is work, gym before or after work💪 , washing in the morning on the days I don't … Continue reading A sense of place at 6 months mark of living in Japan

August Japanese public holiday: Mountain Day and Obon

Mountain and cucumber horse and eggplant cow digitally drawn for Native Expat 2019

This weekend is another long weekend in Japan and this time, we get a day off to appreciate mountains and its blessing where the public holiday is quite simply called, 山の日(Mountain Day) 🗻. What is Mountain Day? There isn’t too much history with this public holiday as it is the newest public holiday in Japan. … Continue reading August Japanese public holiday: Mountain Day and Obon