Last Cinderella

About once a year a Japanese drama comes along that I fall absolutely head over heels in love with. In 2010 it was Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, in 2012 it was Lucky Seven, and now, in 2013 it is Last Cinderella. Starring Shinohara Ryoko, Fujiki Naohito, and the highlight of the series, for me at…

Safe Sun

Aside from safe sex and safe savings, there is one thing every woman should practice, regardless of her age – safe sun. I believe, genetic and dietary factors aside, that it is one of the reasons why Japanese women generally have such beautiful skin and rarely look their age. This year has been dubbed the…

Fifty Shades of Japanese Grey

So, I came across E.L. James’s erotic trilogy in a Tokyo bookstore the other day – フィフテイ シェイズ オブ グレイ。 It’s kind of exciting actually! I wasn’t sure whether the phenomenon would ever reach these shores. It may be two years since it was first published, but now Japanese girls can meet Christian Grey. I’d love to be able to…

“You’re so Charlotte”

That’s what he said to me. A former friend’s gay co-worker, that is. Obviously, he was referring to Charlotte York of Sex and the City fame. Now, Charlotte is adorable and positive and kind and super pretty and proper and I am happy to be told that I remind someone of such a lovely character.…