Holding hands with death

Japan has now ended the state of emergency for every prefecture this week as the recorded coronavirus infection numbers are kept low.  I found myself checking Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus world tally to see the ups and downs  on a regularly basis but when I take a step back, I realise that these aren’t just numbers … Continue reading Holding hands with death

Hidden Japanese meanings behind candies, marshmallow and cookies

Today, March 14th is White Day in Japan.  It is a celebration that started in Japan and not many non-Japanese are familiar with this celebration. Although I have heard of it, I never knew people who actually partaken in it. So I've researched about the history and asked my husband to share his experience. Before … Continue reading Hidden Japanese meanings behind candies, marshmallow and cookies

What’s Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Day) in Japan all about?

Japanese Coming of Age Day ceremony photo from flickr

After two weeks of holiday in sunny and warm South East Asia, returning to Tokyo that’s 25 degrees colder 🥶 and back at work seemed like a challenge. Good news was that a few of my colleagues travelled back home or were on holiday so our office kitchen was filled with souvenirs from all over … Continue reading What’s Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Day) in Japan all about?

New Year’s tradition and its meaning

New Years celebration highlights digitally illustrated by Yukari Wilson for Native Expat, a blog about a Japanese girl who grew up in Australia returned to Japan and sharing her experience being the Native Expat.

Following the previous post about New Year’s Eve tradition and its meaning, this post is about the tradition associated with Japan’s biggest holiday of the year, the New Years and its meanings. Japanese new year traditions! 除夜の鐘 🔔 (Jyoya no Kane, Midnight bell) Japan’s new year starts with the bell rung at temples around the … Continue reading New Year’s tradition and its meaning

Japanese end of the year tradition and its meaning

Japanese traditional end of the year decoration patterns illustrated by Yukari Wilson

The “silly seasons” in the western culture usually means the the end of the year celebrations and Japan is no different. Our silly season is at the end of the year too but not to celebrate Christmas but when many people go to 忘年会 (Bounenkai). It literally means forget-year-gathering so people may be so blinded … Continue reading Japanese end of the year tradition and its meaning

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

What happens during the Japanese Enthronement Ceremony?

an image of Japanese enthronement ceremony for heisei emperor in 1990

Japan will be grabbing the world's attention next week again, not for the fear of what damage typhoon Hagibis will cause but to celebrate our Emperor's Naruhito's 即位礼正殿の儀 (Sokuirei Seiden no Gi or the Enthronement Ceremony) 🙌. The centuries-old traditional ceremony passed down through the world's oldest continuing hereditary monarch will be attended by Prince … Continue reading What happens during the Japanese Enthronement Ceremony?

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