Japanisms Part 5: The Toilet Princess

If you’d like to remain under the illusion that women (especially Japanese women) don’t pee, poop, or fart, stop reading. Japanese women are very beautiful and modest creatures. In fact, even in the most private of places, they are still worried about being embarrassed. They would like to keep their softness and delicacy at the forefront […]

The words that died when we moved here

“It’s not my thing.” Or AKA “I don’t want to try it.” Are words that have died forever since moving to Japan. I remember coming here, having no idea what life would be like for Kyle and me. We both decided, that together and separately, we would try everything twice. We didn’t want to regret […]

To the Bunkasai, and BEYOND!

The bunkasai (文化祭) is a cultural festival put on by just about every stinking school under the sun in Japan. Not only high schools, but elementary and even universities have one every year! It’s actually part of regular lessons, and I do believe kids have to attend in order to graduate:) They may sound kinda […]

#Beastmode

#Beastmode. Staying heart and head healthy no matter what; letting nothing get in your way. There are things that are harder to do when you move to another country. Especially one like Japan. When  walking outside is like swimming in a pool. OK, ok, so I’m exaggerating just a LITTLE, buuuut the combination of humidity, […]

Château Sharpe

Château Sharpe is a charming, comfortable B&B that offers travelers a private relaxing Japanese style room for a weekend getaway, family occasion, cultural events, local live music, and more, free of charge. Located in the beautiful City of Hirosaki, which is home to some of the best things Aomori-Ken has to offer. Château Sharpe has a […]

Original Gangster.

O.G., original gangster /əˈrijənl/gaNGstər/ (pronounced “oh gee”) Noun: An O.G. is a Orginal (old) Gangsta who let all tha up an comin G’s kno whass poppin an how ta keep they pimp hands way strong. I have this supervisor. Her name is Ogasawara Sensei. She is a tiny, adorable, and kind woman with a very pure […]

Throwing Peanuts at Demons

Yesterday, marked せつぶん(節分)(The division of seasons), the day before the beginning of spring according to the lunar calendar. I got to school, and found this on my desk: So basically, this is how it goes: Someone in your house puts on this mask (the Spring Demon) and everyone in the house stands in the entryway […]