Aggressive-Retsuko

Aggressive Retsuko

Animation Done Right I haven’t had time for animation in a really long time, but I fell in love with this cute little series immediately. This adorable little series consists of one minute episodes about a 25 year old office worker and her daily adventures with her annoying co-workers. When they’ve pissed her off beyond…

The Art of the Japanese Schedule Book

Around this time of year, the stationary floors of stores like LOFT and Tokyo Hands are packed chock a block with people picking out the next year’s schedule book, what Westerners would call a diary. As with a number of other things, the Japanese take organising their time very seriously. I had never really bothered…

Nengajou, or Japanese New Year’s Cards

It’s that time of year again, where in Japan everyone is shopping for their nengajou (traditional New Year’s cards), and adverts for snazzy printers that allow you to create, decorate and print your own are airing on loop. A few of my friends actually do this, and if, like a lot of Japanese people, I had…

Japanniversary the 4th

Four years ago on this day, I arrived in Japan, the country I currently call home. I still remember the confusion and sheer terror I felt when arriving at Shinjuku station, seeing all of the bustling people, thinking, What am I doing here? and wanting to turn around and go straight home. But I stayed. It…

Meet Danbo

This little guy is a cardboard robot who originally appeared in the Japanese manga Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma. I’ve never read it, but I discovered him via a Facebook friend’s photos. It was quite simply love at first sight for me. Isn’t he just adorable?! I think he’s super cute… too cute for his own good even.…

White Day

It’s finally here! This is the day when all of those girls who slaved away in their kitchens, creating glorious goodies for the men in their lives for Valentine’s Day receive recognition for their efforts. Well, in a perfect world, I would be presented with as many gifts as I gave cookies to different men.…

It’s Sakura Time

Out with the red, in with the pink. Ichigo is out, sakura is in. Spring is approaching in leaps and bounds. I can safely say this because my crazy sensitive skin is acting up, as it does whenever there is a change of season. But this is corroborated even more by the fact that everything…