Japan

Not nuts over natto

I am jealous of my friends who love natto (fermented soybeans). One of the first couple of things you will encounter in Japan over breakfast is a serving of natto, among many other things. I remember giving it a try even if I knew I wouldn’t like it during my first morning in Tokyo. I …

Leaving Luna

I wanted to write about my first couple of months here in my university but I ended up writing about Luna. It has been six months since I moved to Japan to study International Relations. Months before leaving, it was a blessing in disguise that I had to resign from work to take care of …

Turning Japanese

For a time, we—ok, I was considering moving to Japan and giving birth there (much to Joel’s stress and surprise). I was actually excited with all the possibilities (except the one involving winter and heavy snowfall). I did some research and learned about the process and cultural differences. It helped that my school had a …

Hiragana ひらがな

I started taking Nihongo classes every Saturday. Every weekend, I am basically reminded of how lazy a student I used to be. I signed up for a crash course thinking I would be leaving for Japan this September. Thankfully, a nice Japanese lady helped me move my studies one year later so I could prioritize …