Keeping Count

Last time I wrote about writing postcards (hagaki) as part of the way Japanese maintain relationships. Today, I want to mention another way that Japanese maintain relationships, which is through gift-giving. Gift-giving is a major thing here. Obviously, housewarming gifts are necessary when you visit a home (fruit is your go-to gift), but there are… Continue reading Keeping Count

Both Sides of the Door

I was Facetiming with a friend a few weeks ago. We have children of similar ages and were talking about what challenges we were facing with each and figuring out what to do about things. Somewhere in the conversation, she brought up something that her own mom had said, “Children don’t realize as they grow… Continue reading Both Sides of the Door

All the Things I Still Don’t Know

Tonight my daughter came home with homework of fill-in-the-blank words, where they give you a picture and maybe a “letter” (or in our case, a syllable) or two as a hint. These assignments are new as she’s starting to advance in learning her hiragana. Some words I’ve just typed into the dictionary, and together we… Continue reading All the Things I Still Don’t Know

Coded Communication

Over the last few weeks, I’ve met some foreign parents of first graders. If I could choose an emoji for them, it would be this one: 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 Because that is exactly the look they each gave me as we opened those conversations. Even another Japanese mom told me, β€œit’s just so much to keep up… Continue reading Coded Communication