Japan

Goshuin girl

A year ago, I got my first ever goshuincho or, literally, book of seals. Along with it came my first goshuin or a seal as proof of temple visit from Kawasaki Daishi. This particular temple is well known for warding off evil. Although yakuyoke (warding off evil) is usually done at the start of the …

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 …