Japan. A country close to China (the place where the virus started in the first place). A country where people squeeze into the 27% of land which is habitable (the other 73% is mountainous). A country which contains the world’s largest city, Tokyo: a huge, bustling, sprawling metropolis containing 37 million people out of Japan’s… Read More Bowing, Cleaning, and… Coronavirus?
Today I have an interview post. I haven’t done an interview post in months, and I don’t think there would have been a better person to start the interview posts again than today’s guest! Miss Sue is the official editor of my blog, and she also is a professor of English. I hope you enjoy… Read More Interview with a Professor of English (The Virus Part 2)
Hey, everyone! Did you see my latest post, the post about the Coronavirus? Did you notice that it said, “Part 1”? That always means there will be a Part 2! So, I’ll be taking suggestions for the next part! What do you want to know about the Coronavirus from a person that’s in Japan? I’ll… Read More Taking Suggestions for Part Two of “The Virus”
If someone were to say to me, “What’s a big thing happening in Japan and the area around it?” I would definitely say one thing right away. If someone were to say, “What thing is bothering you in your daily life in Japan, clogging up your head, prodding you all the time?” I would also… Read More The Virus (Part 1)
My brother is a major train fan. He loves to see how fast the countless trains go, remember the complicated names of them (most of them are a different language to me), and most of all, ride them. Over the years, he’s ridden on the ultra-fast bullet trains (shinkansen), the sparkling trains they call “specially… Read More The Fastest Train in the World
Happy New Year everyone! We’ve officially entered 2020, a new decade, and it’s already exciting, at least for me. My family has had countless new things happening already: a new computer arriving, my first opportunity to hold a copy of my own novel in my hands, a beginning of a new book… But with all… Read More How Japanese Spend New Years (Part 2)
A new decade is waiting to be welcomed. Tomorrow, we will already be walking in the world of 2020! All around the world, people celebrate the exciting occasion of the coming new year in all sorts of ways. But how do Japanese people spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Today you’ll get a… Read More How Japanese Spend the New Year
Whether you’ve already set up your tree, hung up the stockings, pushed the presents under the tree, or made plans for an upcoming Christmas party, it’s only a few days until, in my opinion, the best holiday of the year arrives! As you know from my post a couple of weeks ago about Christmas in… Read More Only Four More Days Until Christmas! ~How Do Japanese People Celebrate Christmas?~
Do you know the origin of the word “Christmas”? Well, if you break it up, of course you can tell it’s “Christ”, or the chosen One of God, Jesus Christ, who came to the earth to give us eternal life, and “mas” or “mass”, which means “festival”, or “gathering”. Hence, Christmas is a day we… Read More Christmas in Japan
This Wednesday I saw someone I’ll never forget. It’s the new Japanese emperor, Akihito-sama, along with his wife, Masako-sama (sama is used for people with authority), and we saw them in Nara, a prefecture next to Kyoto. I mentioned the prefecture when I talked about Nara Deer Park. The emperor and empress were going to… Read More The Japanese Emperor Passes By!