"So do you do hanabi every year?", my husband asked our friends Hiroko and Fotoshi who brought us to the firework festival in Sagamihara. "No. We usually do hanabi every week throughout summer, going from one place to another," Hiroko replied. She continued to tell us how firework watching (or Ohanabi/ Hanabi) is the symbol … Continue reading The Symbol of Summer in Japan
Hot. Humid. Two common words often used by Japanese people when summer days come. In summer, the Japanese people's way of opening the conversation is usually atsui desu ne (it's hot, isn't it?). And though I don't really enjoy the sweat that comes from these hot, humid days of July and August, I have also … Continue reading Summer (夏) in Japan
Seeing a lavender farm is one of my silly teenage dreams. I'll wear a white dress and a hat and will harvest in a huge lavender field. I will run in the field, smell the lavenders and just soak in the sun. Years passed and the dream just faded. It no longer matters anymore. It … Continue reading Summer Lavender Dreams
The sun kissed the field// Then it turned golden yellow// Hand of the Creator (Haiku) Read on to find out why I fall in love with the hills of Biei.
Why is Japanese bathroom special?
When you live in a different country, you face a lot of changes and unfamiliar things. In the middle of the struggling, surviving and yes, enjoying... you find yourself looking for something familiar: maybe another Filipino speaking Tagalog (nowadays, hearing someone speaks Tagalog in the streets of Tokyo makes me smile), a corny Filipino drama, … Continue reading Taste of Home
The other day, I finally had the guts to call a nearby salon for an appointment. My scalp was suffering terribly and was dry and itchy- I just couldn't take it anymore. So with my heart pounding (literally!), I called for a reservation at Neolive Salon. Eigo de daijoubu desu ka? (Is English ok?)- I asked … Continue reading First Visit to a Hair Salon in Japan