3 days skiing in Tsugaike (Hakuba, Japan)

tsugaike resort in the green slope photographed by native expat 2020

February 11th (Tuesday) is 建国記念の日(Kenkoku kinen no hi) which is a public holiday in Japan so we took a day off on Monday to have a 4 day break to explore Hakuba in Nagano, a region famous for ski resorts. ⛷ Welcome to Tsugaike, Hakuba! Firstly, what is 建国記念の日 (Kenkoku kinen no hi)? This holiday … Continue reading 3 days skiing in Tsugaike (Hakuba, Japan)

Ski into onsen: a long weekend away into Kusatsu Onsen

kusatsu onsen's yubatake in kusatsu onsen photographed by native expat 2020

Known as one of the 3 most famous onsens or hotspring regions in Japan (the others being Gero onsen in Gifu prefecture and Arima onsen in Hyogo prefecture), Kusatsu onsen in Gunma prefecture gushes out the most volume of onsen in Japan. Not only famous for its volume, its healing properties, proximity to a ski … Continue reading Ski into onsen: a long weekend away into Kusatsu Onsen

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

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?

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?

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