Airport A-Peril

I am always astounded by how people choose to dress. The website “People of Walmart” proves that Americans are willing to wear just about anything in public. And, in my recent experience, the airport is no exception. I realize that the glamorous days of flight are over. Stewardesses no longer parade around the cabin in fitted suits and excessively high heels. And, thankfully, weight restrictions … Continue reading Airport A-Peril


Do you remember Glamour Shots at the mall? Maybe you still have one tucked away somewhere. Big hair, ridiculous makeup, all-too-stylish apparel, and overtly sexy poses. They were all the rage in the ‘90s. I never did them; I just missed that generation. But in Japan, there is a current trend that seems eerily similar: the Geisha Makeover Experience. You dress up in traditional kimono, … Continue reading Kimo-no!

Are You Feeling Lucky?

New Years in Japan is different than the raucous party holiday we celebrate in the States. It’s more like Thanksgiving or Christmas: a time for families. Generations gather to ring in the coming year, which certainly makes more sense than masses of strangers standing in the freezing cold to watch an oversized disco ball. Instead, midnight brings the peals of Buddhist temple bells across the … Continue reading Are You Feeling Lucky?

I-“MURSE” Yourself in Japanese Style

I’ve noticed an astounding trend here in Japan: the man purse. They’re ubiquitous. Every man I see taking the train or walking down the street has some form of bag. There are the usual suspects: messenger bags, backpacks, briefcases. But also full-on purses made of black or brown leather that would make any woman swoon. I’m particularly attracted to the shoulder sling, which looks like … Continue reading I-“MURSE” Yourself in Japanese Style