During my many years as a Japan-o-holic, I have browsed the web for all things Japanese. While I found stores of information about how weird the Japanese are, and all the subcultures they indulge in, it was very hard to find any information about the simple reality of day-to-day life in Japan. Hence this blog. Over time, I have also started including articles about traditional Japanese culture. As I write, I hope to deepen my own understanding of Japan. I try to remain honest and nuanced, while at the same time adding some humour and self-mockery.
Haruko-chan (not my real name) is a Belgian national who has spent a year living in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture, Japan. After returning to Belgium, she started practicing Japanese tea ceremony and studying kimono.