Osaka (A Birthday Adventure in Kansai)

I know the mid to late twenties are often when people stop caring about their birthday, but on turning 26, I was determined to make it special.

I stubbornly refuse to lose that glimmer of excitement because, I mean, the world is negative enough as it is without ruining birthdays too. The actual day was pretty normal and apart from a phone call to my twin sister, it could’ve passed for any random day. But exactly a week later is when I could properly celebrate.

I’d booked a trip as a present to myself but because my birthday was the day after I finished work for the summer, I thought it would’ve been too tight a squeeze to catch the bus the night before. Taking hostel availability into account, I shifted it back a week, and I was anticipating it eagerly. Continue reading “Osaka (A Birthday Adventure in Kansai)”

Japan Diary: August 2019 {2/2}

In the last half of my August Diary, I’d visited Sankeien Garden, saw countless Pikachu, and treated myself to a day in Kawasaki.

My summer holiday had been mostly excellent so far (minus medical check-ups and my visit to the ward office) but there was one job I couldn’t procrastinate Continue reading “Japan Diary: August 2019 {2/2}”

26 Japanese Stereotypes Before 26

I recently celebrated my 26th birthday, and every time I get a year older, I like to look back over the last twelve months. Last year, I did a post talking about things I learnt in my 25th year and a lot of those lessons I carried into this year too.

So, to do something different, I wanted to document 26 typical ‘Japanese things’ that I’d done before turning 26 years old. If I’ve previously mentioned it in a blog, I’ll leave a link so you can find out more! Continue reading “26 Japanese Stereotypes Before 26”