Pray for Daikokuyu. (Or don’t. They’ll probably be fine.)

Daikoku-yu is one of my favorite sentos. Sentos are kind of my thing lately.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve passed under the public bathhouse’s new noren banner several times, though I never thought much of it.  I’m not a big anime fan, so I didn’t realize that it was a one-of-a-kind work of art, …

Kana Washino Was Fucking Beautiful

The other day, a popular Japanese news blog revealed that, according to information obtained on Shohei Komori’s twitter profile, the suspected murderer describes his preference in women as “でブス専”.  In other words, the man at the center of an unproven love triangle that left his wife jealous enough to kill her rival, Kana Washino, wrote …

A Tale of Blind Rebellion

Back when Little Prince started Japanese youchien last April, whenever the 3-year-old got frustrated or otherwise overwhelmed by big feelings, he would pull the masks off all his teachers’ faces.  Of course I was duly mortified when the vice-principal told me this, but at the same time the school’s staff insisted that it was because …

The Morning Machine

I was actually considering sending Little Prince to Japanese elementary school in a couple of years’ time.  Unlike Young Sir, who is best suited to his small alternative-style elementary school, Little Prince is very sociable and could enjoy the large class sizes.  But that was before I crossed paths The Morning Machine.  I don’t know …

Of Snakes and Goats

Last week Japan’s uninspiring prime minster, Yoshihide Suga, surprised nobody by announcing that he would not seek reelection by his party at the end of the month.  Suga’s lackluster career as PM began about one year ago, when Shinzo Abe resigned due to his terrible IBS, and Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party needed a place …

He Had a Type

Since it seems I have started up this Mommy Blog for the express purpose of contemplating cold-blooded murder, why not continue where I left off.  Something dawned on me just now, scrolling through articles in Japanese about the murder of Kana Washino, studying the faces of the victim and her killers instead of doing the …

Death of a Fox Spirit: In Which More is Revealed

Kana Washino, the high school senior who was murdered last week by a twitter acquaintance and his jealous wife, was a very talented illustrator.  Here is a better view of the banner she drew for her twitter profile. So am I the only one who thinks this illustration resembles a love triangle?  For the record, …