Kawaii ka Kowai? (Cute or Scary?)

After “konnichiwa,” my first Japanese word was “kawaii,” meaning cute. It refers to adorable puppies or playful children, adults dressed in anime costumes, and anything else that is quirky or fun. As I quickly learned, it’s an essential word here in Japan. Our fluffy white dog, Hercules, receives this accolade on a daily basis, which might explain the swing in his step as he proudly … Continue reading Kawaii ka Kowai? (Cute or Scary?)

The Tokyo Layover: 48 Hours to See it All

Alex and I are overjoyed that just a few months after moving to Japan we already have a line of guests coming to stay. But with these visits, come responsibilities. Sure, we need to clean the house and change the bed linens. But beyond that, we have an obligation to make sure that our friends and family see as much as they can during their … Continue reading The Tokyo Layover: 48 Hours to See it All