Posted in July 2010

Getting “the pill” in Japan…

As a non-Japanese woman living in Japan, and as a representative of Being A Broad, I feel it is my duty to share the following story. It’s a slightly different topic to my usual posts, and it’s definitely one for the ladies! 😉 So, one of the annoying and troublesome things about being a foreign … Continue reading

海の日 (Ocean Day) & 花火 (Fireworks)

For the last two years, I have attended Nagoya’s massive fireworks (花火) display on  Ocean Day (海の日): 2008 & 2009. The Minato Matsuri in Nagoya is really awesome, but there are always soooooo many people there, and it’s a real pain to get home. I like festivals very much, but dealing with the crowds can … Continue reading

Being A Broad… My first article!

As many of you will know, I am a writer, first and foremost.  However, aside from this blog, I haven’t written much of note… until now.  While I am still hoping that, one day, I will find a way to put all of my many ideas about Japan etc. into a novel, for now I … Continue reading

Adventures in a tiny kitchen, part 1

Living in Japan poses a major problem if you like to cook.  What I mean is, unless you’re lucky enough to be rich, you are probably going to end up with a kitchen the size of a linen closet.  My kitchen consists of: 2 electric burners (I’m lucky to have two – many people I … Continue reading

The sound of summer

As I walked down the street this morning, I was struck by how suddenly it sounded like summer. It’s still rainy season, but this morning I could hear hundreds of cicadas singing in the trees, and that is surely the sound of summer in Japan.  It was strange though, almost like someone had snuck out … Continue reading

Arai: land of temples, shrines, and mosquitoes…

Who needs hot yoga when you can spend the afternoon sweating buckets while temple hunting?  After recently starting hot yoga, I decided not to pursue my new hobby.  Why? Well, frankly, I couldn’t afford to join the gym and sign up for Japanese lessons… so I chose Japanese. Last Monday, I went to Arai to … Continue reading

Obon – horses and cows?

So, apparently, Obon happens a month earlier in Shizuoka than in the rest of Japan.  Obon (お盆), or the Bon Festival, is a time when Japanese people remember their ancestors and pray for the dead.  People usually have family reunions and return to their family homes to spend time together.  Originally, according to the lunar … Continue reading

Haikugirl’s Japan hits Facebook!

As technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds, I continue to stagger behind attempting to catch up… I love technology, but there just isn’t enough time in the day to “like”, “tweet” and “digg” everything you “stumble upon”. Anyway, since I abandoned MySpace many moons ago, I have become a devoted Facebook fan (well, … Continue reading

A nice day for a drive…

Today was ridiculously hot and sunny. Especially considering it is supposed to be rainy season, and last night it was raining so heavily I was about to call Chicken Licken and tell him the sky was falling in. But I’m not complaining – it was gorgeous! I haven’t seen much sun recently, and it turns … Continue reading