Spring is around the corner. Cherry blossoms are starting to bloom. For some, this might be a touchy subject, but I want to express my opinion on this topic. Are foreigners wearing kimono, and yukata, cultural appropriation or appreciation? Short answer – NO.Read More Foreigners in Kimono: Appropriation or Appreciation?
I absolutely love attending Yabusame demonstrations. It’s a form of traditional horseback archery that’s hosted all around Kanagawa. In this video, I discuss my favorite way to view these demonstrations, at the beach.Read More Yabusame: Japanese Horseback Archery at the Beach
Zushi Beach Candle is a community event held annually at Zushi Beach in Japan. Community members come together, arrange and light candles to create a calm and serene atmosphere to enjoy throughout the night.Read More Zushi Beach Candle 2019: Seaside Illumination
I have a confession to make, Tokyo Comic Con is the only comic book convention I’ve ever attended. I’ve heard about the chaos at fan conventions back in America, I’m sure they’re lovely. My perspective and experiences are narrower. Tokyo Comic Con is small, intimate, and of course, fun. It retains all the trimming of a convention with Japanese charm added to the mix. This year we had a star-studded cast of celebrity guests at this year’s show; Orlando Bloom, Jude Law, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Rupert Grint, Zachary Levi and Ian Somerhalder. The boldest line-up since the inaugural show four years ago.Read More Tokyo Comic Con 2019: Geek Culture from Japan
Halloween in Japan is a week-long event. This year differs from past festivals due to the rugby championships being hosted in the country and new regulations against drinking in public. Still, this year’s Japanese Halloween was amazing. Blink and you might miss the special appearance by Akasan from Comics Plus. Check it out!Read More Halloween in Japan: My 2019 Review
The Spartan Race is a popular obstacle course racing brand that’s increasing in its popularity in Japan. I want to share my experiences tackling the races, here in Japan, with you.Read More Enduring the Spartan Race in Japan
Earlier this month, my daughter and I attended another festival in Yokosuka. I’ve previously wrote about Yokosuka and it’s ties to Shenmue in an earlier blog where I alluded to the Icha Icha Festival taking place on Dobuita Street. This time it was held at a park across from Yokosuka City Hall. The Icha Icha […]Read More An Okinawan Festival in Yokosuka