33 Facts about Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower warm 1440 x 660

State of Emergency has been extended around Japan (although many have ignored it and have started to go back into the office after Golden Week). Honestly, I haven't really gotten out anywhere to experience much of Japan lately. However, what I see often is the beautiful Tokyo Tower that is near my home and we … Continue reading 33 Facts about Tokyo Tower

Demons out, fortunes in

Ehomaki freshly made native expat 2020

February 3rd might be just another day in Australia or the western world, but in Japan, it was 節分 (setsubun) and in setsubun it's all beans, demons 👹 and really long sushi?! What is setsubun? February 3rd is the day before the first day of spring. Ages ago, Japan used to call the day before … Continue reading Demons out, fortunes in

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

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

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

Boom! Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo

skytree and sumida gawa fireworks festival in july 27 2019 photographed native expat

The delayed rainy season kept the start of summer unusually cool, the term known as 梅雨寒(tsuzamu - rainy season coldness) ☔.However, Japanese summer doesn't let us off the hook that easily! Suddenly, after 20 days straight of daylight hours under 3 hours per day, on July 17th the sun broke through, heated up the concrete … Continue reading Boom! Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo