All posts tagged: family

Japan Diaries: Children’s Day (Golden Week)

Today we celebrate and honour the birth of children. And the last official day of Golden Week. Fun Facts: Kodomo no hi, or “Children’s Day,” is celebrated every year on May 5. On this national holiday, children are respected and honoured for their individual strengths and happiness is wished upon them. Children’s Day was originally known as Tango no Sekku  (literally nearing the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac, but usually translated as Boys Day)and was a celebration for boys. The holiday was officially changed to celebrate the health and growth of both girls and boys in 1948.  Kodomo no hi is particularly well known for the unique traditions and decorations that are associated with the celebration of the holiday. Source, Japan Society Things to do: Fly koinobori banners in the shape of a carp, families usually do this for each of their children. Eat lots of desserts such as Mochi wrapped in oak leaves Spend the day making things, some fun craft ideas, here. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigour, overcoming all obstacles to …

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 …

Contemplation, Week 1

The lovely Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientis, started a beautiful series called Contemplation. This is week one but before we go any further, I’ll let the leading lady herself explain what it’s all about, Since July 17th, 2015, I have been using the Kikki.KA Sentence a Day Journal. This is a beautiful mindfulness journal which provides one prompt per day, but has space on that page for three years worth of responses. I love the idea of having this with me for three years and each year discovering my response from the previous year and seeing whether I’ve grown, moved forward, stayed strong in my convictions, taken a step back or changed my ideas. Each week, I’ll choose one of the prompts from that week and share both it and my response with you. I invite you to join me and share your response to the prompt as well, linking back to this post so that I can read your response. Use the tag Contemplation and name your post “Contemplation – Week xx”, …

Three Things Thursday

Happy Three Things Thursday .Hope you’ve had a good week? My three things are short-ish and super sweet this week: Technology! Distance may make the heart grow fonder BUT with the help of the internet, keeping in touch with loved ones has never been easier. Birthday messages from home this week have made my heart flutter. TRAVELING. Technically we are BUT haven’t left Japan in almost two years. Any opportunity we get to visit a different city / town to me feels like traveling. Had a fantastic time in Nagano and I think it reminded us just how much we love exploring, learning and sampling new things. With the travel bug in full force again, we’re currently planning a trip outside of Japan for April. YAY! Wanted to add something with another T, (OCD at its finest ey) but this has also made me smile: Hotel… BEDs. I know, I know it sounds WEIRD, but I’ve missed western beds more than I thought I ever could. Our hotel had them and I would’ve stayed there ALL …