Keeping Sane in Self-Quarantine: Let’s Talk Video Games

Video Games have always been a great escape for me. Books, music, and video games – these are the things that allow my brain to shut down and take part in some other (ideally nicer) universe. So I wanted to talk about what has been keeping me sane while I’m stuck at home as theContinue reading “Keeping Sane in Self-Quarantine: Let’s Talk Video Games”

Renting a Kimono for Kyoto Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Kyoto is always a delightful journey to the past. The narrow alleys and traditional wooden buildings are complemented not only by the Geisha and Maiko that are rushing around to jobs but also by all of the visitors joining in on the fun by renting kimono. If you are going to explore Gion,Continue reading “Renting a Kimono for Kyoto Sightseeing”

Japanese Supermarket Secrets: My Favorite Instant, Frozen, and Easy Food

As almost all of us have been self-isolating and going to Izakaya’s and restaurants has become a distant dream I thought I would share some of my favorite things you can find at the supermarket. Craving crispy gyoza? Refreshing soba? The best instant ramen?! Allow me to introduce you to my faves. My Favorite FrozenContinue reading “Japanese Supermarket Secrets: My Favorite Instant, Frozen, and Easy Food”

How to Order Sushi in Japanese

As a native New Yorker, I thought I knew all about sushi. After all, I had enjoyed California rolls and Dragon rolls in a number of restaurants throughout NYC. But the thing is, if you go to a proper sushi restaurant in Japan and try to order a Dragon roll, they really won’t know whatContinue reading “How to Order Sushi in Japanese”

Tokyo Neighborhood Spotlight: Kichijoji

Tokyo is an interesting place. Any neighborhood you visit feels like its own private realm, with its own architecture, fashion, types of shops and cafes, and people. One of my favorite places to walk around in Tokyo is Kichijoji – just next to Mitaka which is known for the Ghibli Museum. Ride a Swan BoatContinue reading “Tokyo Neighborhood Spotlight: Kichijoji”

Taking an Airplane with a Baby

I first decided to fly back to New York to visit my family and plan my upcoming wedding there when my son was only about six months old. When I checked for people’s experiences online about flying with children, most of them seemed oddly confident about it, and assured me that 6 months old isContinue reading “Taking an Airplane with a Baby”

Tokyo’s Lucky Cat Temple: Gotokuji

Tokyo has a lot of famous temples and shrines. Sensoji in Asakusa, with it’s lively shopping street, or Meiji Jingu, neighboring lively Harajuku. These are all great places to visit but personally, especially after living here for a while, I like to visit smaller places with unique characteristics. Gotokuji Temple, also known as the luckyContinue reading “Tokyo’s Lucky Cat Temple: Gotokuji”

A Polish Easter in Japan

Does Japan Celebrate Easter? The answer to that question is, yes and no. Japan does not have a strong Christian or Catholic background, with the primarily religions here being Shinto and Buddhism. However, Japan does love all things Kawaii and that’s what Easter has evolved into these days. Bunnies, colorful eggs, and egg hunts onContinue reading “A Polish Easter in Japan”

My Visit to Tokyo’s Square Enix Cafe

So, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake has officially been released! Are you playing? Squealing with nostalgia? Personally it’s brightened up these days stuck at home for me. They have made a lot of changes but I don’t mind them as I wanted to know more about Midgar and Shinra anyway. In the beginning of MarchContinue reading “My Visit to Tokyo’s Square Enix Cafe”

Fishing in Central Tokyo

After a long span of bad weather, today was finally sunny. My son and I were both equally tired of being cooped up (and of each other-I’m sure) so I decided to go for one of our walks. The cherry blossoms are still blooming here in Tokyo and they have started falling as well. ForContinue reading “Fishing in Central Tokyo”