Month: April 2016

Japan Diaries: Showa Day (Golden Week)

Golden Week is a national Japanese holiday which starts today! What is it? A collection of four (days) within a week. Instead of just giving people those four holidays off, many offices end up closing for about 7-10 days, giving their employees a full week of freedom. Even if they’re not given the whole week, many employees will just take time off anyway. The holiday week starts on April 29th and goes through May 5th. Source, Tofugu Dates: April 29th, Showa Day / May 3rd, Constitution Day / May 4th,  Greenery Day / May 5th,  Children’s Day Today marks the celebration of late Emperor Hirohito, the Shōwa Emperor who sat the Chrysanthemum throne from 1926 until 1989. It is intended to be a time to reflect upon the events of Emperor Hirohito’s 63 year rule, the most significant of which are the putting down of the Taisho Democracy, two military coups d’états, World War II, the post-War occupation and dismantling of Imperial rule, and Japan’s rise to economic power. Source, Gaijinpot Things to do: Many …

Reflection: April

Here’s to April for being the month of learning to be a better listener and more open and honest. Which probably stemmed from March being so reflective. Side note, excuse me if I start rambling, I haven’t been sleeping very well and keep feeling super tired all the time. Moving on, for someone like me who’s a chatterbox, listening has never been my strong point. Growing up my Dad got bored of attending parents evening because teachers would say, I spent more time talking then I would listening to anyone, whether they were my classmate or teacher. A few weeks ago I read an article about how sometimes when we’re ‘listening’ we’re not really paying attention to what is being said. Instead we tend to listen whilst thinking about our response BEFORE the other person has finished talking. Which ultimately means we haven’t fully given them our attention. Something we can all admit to have done at some point. After reading that article, I decided to work on this area. Some of the things I …

Japan Diaries: Tokyo Skytree

Hey there! Today I wanted to share a few photos from our trip to Tokyo Skytree, before that Fun Facts: The height of the TOKYO SKYTREE was originally specified at approximately 610m in the original project. However, it was planned from the beginning to be the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. After careful discussion and research on high-rise buildings that are being built around the world, it was finally decided on 634m, to become the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world. Skytree Website TOKYO SKYTREE was recognized by the Guinness World Records Company on November 17, 2011 as the tallest tower in the world. What it’s like inside?  TEMBO DECK (350 m)” is covered in huge 5 meter-high glass for a 360-degree all-round view, allowing visitors to see from the foot of the SKYTREE up to 70 kilometres away in the distance. The “TOKYO SKYTREE TEMBO GALLERIA (450 m)” will take you from the “floor 445” to SKYTREE’s highest “floor 450” via a glass tube. Skytree Website Overall experience, if you’re going there at …

Contemplation, Week 9

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to week 9 of Contemplation, where Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientist, chooses a prompt from her Kikki.K A Sentence a Day Journal and invites us to share our response. * My post from last week, here. * Today’s prompt: What’s your favourite topic of conversation. Think by now you’ve probably guessed that I’ll have more than ONE answer. First topic is about people. Any conversation that has some form of human connection to it has the ability to hold my attention for hours and hours! It is such a diverse topic and can take you from discussing relationships, to what makes someone a psychopath. Which is a conversation I had recently, and ended up speaking about for an unhealthy amount of time, it was a really interesting though! I think that growing up I was always curious about people and trying to figure them out, I guess that curiosity never left. So topics to do with us mere mortals, I guess is probably my favourite. A close second would be …

Three Things Thursday

Happy Three Things Thursday  ,I hope your week has been all sorts of wonderful and if not, it’s almost the weekend so hang in there, you’re doing just fine! This week was slightly quieter but still a breath of fresh air, which I am thankful for. Moments that made me smile, Impromptu Game Sesh. Went to the mall for our weekly food shop and bumped into a friend who was out with his gf. The mall has an arcade so we ended up playing a Mario Olympic game … that I lost. And then Street Fighter (5 I think) which I WON …. yay! Had so much fun… next time I’m coming for you, Mario. READ ME. Even though I am one book behind on my challenge, I’m enjoying taking time out to read. Super late to this thrilling party (see what I did there), but just finished The Girl on the Train. Took me a while because I didn’t want people to accidentally let anything slip. I won’t do that to you here and will only …