Black Friday, Japan

Things that make you go, hmm… Last week was Thanksgiving in the US, but I live here in Japan and there was hardly any mention of the holiday except from fellow Americans. However, the big thing that was on people’s minds was Black Friday–which made me go, “Huh?” Black Friday is such an American thing:Continue reading “Black Friday, Japan”

Starting From Scratch

I am still reeling from the shock of it all. Two years of work. Gone. It’s my fault, really. I am the first to admit it. In a fit of spite, I undid all the work that I had painstakingly and lovingly built from the ground up. I run another blog, which is dedicated solelyContinue reading “Starting From Scratch”

Exchange Rates

I try not to obsess about it, but I just can’t help it. It doesn’t help that I get a daily email from Transferwise telling me how much the dollar costs in yen. Part of the problem about me being an American living here in Japan is that my earned income is in yen butContinue reading “Exchange Rates”

KonMari-ing My Life

This weekend, I cleaned out my closet and took the unnecessary clothes and things I had to the “recycle” shop. These are the second-hand shops that are surprisingly quite popular among Japanese people. Between my husband and I, we had bags and bags of clothing to get rid of. We took them to shop hopingContinue reading “KonMari-ing My Life”

My Addiction to iPhones

This is going to be a very cringe-y first-world type of post, but I am hoping to come away from writing this with some kind of lesson in money management or life in general. Last month, I dropped my phone in the toilet–after I had just peed. I quickly grabbed it out of the toiletContinue reading “My Addiction to iPhones”

In the Beginning, Part 2

I came to Japan in 2003 for the first time right after I finished college. It was meant to be my gap year. Funny how things turned out. In college, I double-majored in Political Science and Journalism with the intent of becoming a reporter in Washington, D.C. once I graduated. I thought that being aContinue reading “In the Beginning, Part 2”

In the Beginning

I’m having a lot of trouble organizing my thoughts. I’ve got a lot of ideas for blog topics, but they seem to be all over the place. I’ve been keeping a running list to help with my goal of writing 100 posts, but it’s difficult to choose the most relevant one. I guess the bestContinue reading “In the Beginning”