空気読めない(Unable to Read the Air)

In the past, I thought I was a sensitive person. As a little girl, I cried a lot and I cried easily. People would come near and comfort me, and though I felt their kindness, I hated it. I did not want others to witness my weakness. Like many, I coated myself with layers and…

Joyeux Kurisumasu und Happy Xin Año!

Dear Diary, I reread my New Year’s post from 2017, and decided to compare then and now! December 31st-January 1st (元日, ganjitsu) are still my least favorite holiday. Last year, I considered going to a masquerade ball, but decided to help my mom make breakfast at church. This year, I anticipated having to work. I…

卒業式: Comparing Japan and the USA’s High School Graduation Ceremonies (Part 1)

To my Japanese friends: 卒業おめでとう (sotsugyou omedetou, happy graduation)! Today is March 1, graduation day for most secondary education institutions in Japan. The fiscal and academic year begins April 1. The academic year consists of three terms: Spring(April-July), Fall (September-December), and Winter (January-March). Also, Japanese 3rd year students (equivalent to seniors in the US) have their…

Happy New Year/あけましておめでとう!

Hello, Diary! I haven’t written in you since last year! Jan. 1 is probably my least favorite holiday. It occurs right after Christmas–the best holiday, practically all the stores are closed, and I have to stay up late for nothing. As a kid, I spent every New Year’s praying in the New Year at church. At about…