Is Japanese Entertainment Really Harmless?

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If you would have asked me this question 10 years ago, I would have told you, “Nah, it’s no big deal. It’s actually a great way to brush up on your Japanese.” Now, as a mom of two young kids who have to grow up in an ever increasing world of Yōkai (demons), I would advise people to spend their time elsewhere. Continue reading

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Some Things I’ve Learned Since Starting Serious Blogging

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I used to blog for fun for years before I started this blog. It’s always fun to share your thoughts and ideas with the world and see what people have to say. I started blogging again in earnest this year and have been going steadily since May. I have made many mistakes along the way, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far after 4 months of “serious” blogging. Continue reading

Brighten Your Morning in Japan with a Little Exercise

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I live in rural Japan, but Japan’s a small country and I stand out, so I don’t get to go jogging regularly like I used to in the past. Stalkers are on the increase over here, so please be careful, ladies. Some of the bigger, nicer parks over here cost money to get in, so most of us are stuck settling for the smaller, less spacious places in the neighborhood. I grew up surrounded by nature, so I sometimes feel sad to see building after building. Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should Wear an Apron in Japan and Everywhere

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I’ve always loved aprons. I remember trips to grandma’s house to make cookies for the holidays always involved wearing the cute little aprons she had on hand. There’s just something special about aprons. They are super easy to make, so if you have time, you should make one! With minimal sewing skills you can finish it easy peasy in an afternoon (with toddlers running around, it might take longer). Here in Japan it is common to see Japanese housewives and kindergarten teachers wearing these lovely things for a quick trip to the grocery store; I love that! Continue reading