日本語ーok? On learning Japanese

My first time in Japan, I totally fell in love. With the country, with the culture, with the food, with the people. The language barrier was not a major issue, we never went hungry or got lost, however I felt that I was unable to understand many subtle, and many not so subtle, aspects of…

Japanese Etiquette 101- Mobile phones and Trains.

The very first thing I noticed about Japanese trains, apart from how cool they look, was how quiet they are. This is very interesting given they are usually busy with many, many people on board. It did not take me long to realise that people speak in quiet and hushed tones and that NO-ONE speaks…

Japanese Etiquette 101- Escalators

There are many unspoken rules in many places. The etiquette of Japan is often formal and structured, and a little bit of knowledge goes a very long way in endearing oneself to the local population. If you know which side of the escalator to stand on, you will avoid unnecessary looks of confusion and  potentially…

Tokyo with Kids

Tokyo is an awesome place to travel with small people in tow. Not only is it super safe and super clean, it is incredibly entertaining, in so many ways. My kids are not so small. In fact one of them towers over me and the other is catching up very quickly. My kids are into…