Last weekend I saw the Saturday evening performance of the new Sailor Moon musical with a good friend of mine. With the last musical, La Reconquista, based on the first Sailor Moon season, it only made sense that Petite Étrangère was based on the following season, Sailor Moon R. R is my favorite of the five seasons and I was especially excited to see my favorite character, Black Lady, take the stage!
Somehow the cast managed to top their last musical performance, which was no easy feat! They completely knocked it out of the park! This post contains summaries (spoilers?!) and pamphlet scans. 🙂
Posted in Culture & Holidays, Music, Personal
- Tagged aiia theater, petite etrangere, plays, sailor moon, sailor moon crystal, sailor moon goods, sailor moon musicals, sailor moon r, seramyu, shibuya, takarazuka, theater, yamato yuga
One of the first services you’ll probably make use of when you arrive in Japan is the Japan Post or any one of the other well known delivery/courier services available, and all of them are easy and convenient after the first time or two.
Lately I’ve been sending out some omiyage (souvenirs) we brought back from Hokkaido, in addition to ochūgen (mid-year gifts) to those we owe our gratitude to.
Unlike many other countries, it’s not necessary to visit the post office or the delivery service directly to send mail here. You can practically send mail from anywhere: the convenience store, department stores or supermarkets (if sending a gift you’ve bought there), and even from the airport or some stations. Because there are many different types of mail services offered, it can be confusing at first. If you find yourself in a pickle, try this handy guide.
Posted in Coming to Japan, Culture & Holidays, Daily Life, Issues
- Tagged airport delivery, boat mail, delivery services, delivery services in japan, ems, funabin, japan post, kuroneko, letter pack, mail services, mail services in japan, mailing, mailing labels, registered mail, sal, yuumail, yuupack
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It’s officially Obon break for most folks in Japan! This year I lucked out and Mr. J was allowed to take a few days off for us to take a trip together to Hokkaido. Of course, being the holiday week everyone else was traveling, flights and hotels were pretty pricey. Still it was nice to get away from the heat and the incoming typhoon for a few days, and we had a really nice time. If you find yourself over that way, here’s some suggestions for sightseeing in the Sapporo/Otaru area of Hokkaido.
Posted in Culture & Holidays, Series, Sightseeing & Travel
- Tagged ana, busses, classe hotel, genghis khan, haneda airport, hokkaido, ishiya chocolate factory, milk ramen, musashitei, nakajima koen, new chits airport, nikka whiskey, otaru, otaru aquarium, otaru bus terminal, otaru canal, otaru music box museum, panju, parfaits, penguins, ramen, rickshaws, sapporo, sapporo beer garden, sapporo clock tower, sapporo festival, sea lions, seico mart, shiroi koibito, shiroi koibito park, sushi, susukino, tatsumi sushi restaurant, trains, transportation in hokkaido, traveling, vessel inn, whiskey tasting, wine tasting, yoichi distillery
I’m at that age where most of my friends have already or are getting ready to settle down, and/or pop out some kids. So for the last 4 years I’ve found myself averaging at least one or two weddings as year. In fact, just last weekend two of Mr. J’s junior high school classmates got married, and so we took a trip out to Yokohama to celebrate the occasion.
The first time I got invited to Japanese wedding, I was pretty nervous because I only had a vague notion of the manner dos and don’ts when attending one, and I didn’t want to do anything to further stand out as the only foreign guest there. Now that I’ve gotten some more under my belt, I figure I have a little bit more authority to write about what you should expect when you accept an invitation to one.
Posted in Culture & Holidays, Making Mistakes, Married Life
- Tagged celebrations, formal occasions, gifts, japanese wedding etiquette, japanese weddings, manners, parties, shimamura, weddings