Japan Diaries

Things I miss in Japan: Clothes

One thing I admire about Japan, is their wide acceptance to fashion. Whatever the weather may be, people still enjoy the freedom of expressing themselves through their fashion style. I am not much of a fashionista but I always choose where I am most comfortable wearing. Living in Japan, I never thought I could explore clothing as much as I did there. Below are a few:

Sakura viewing in Ueno Park (Tokyo)

Denim polo, patterned red shirt, maong pants, sandals

I was on my freshie tourist mode here as this was just a few weeks since I arrived in Japan last 2017 so what I wore here were mostly tiangge pieces that I bought last minute to bring. But I was happy that these together complemented to the colors of spring season in Japan. It was a bit breezy, too so the denim jacket served its purpose. That was my sister’s by the way.

Northern Culture Museum (Niigata)

plaid polo, jumper dress, tights, slip-on shoes

Although Japan has a wide acceptance in fashion freedom, they are also very respectful to their culture and as a foreigner, when I learnd that we were going to a museum in Niigata, I considered wearing not too bright and not too complex outfit that day. Still chic but mostly comfortable since we will be doing a lot of walking.

Shopping in Tokyo Tower (Minato, Tokyo)

Medium length coat, pencil cut high-waist skirt, tights, graphic

Fun fact: I bought the Tokyo embrodery graphic tee with in Niigata to wear in Toyko and the skirt was from a thrift shop in Niigata as well.
I loved pairing these two because these make a perfect shopping outfit. Especially to us, who only take the trains.

Sanrio Puroland (Tama, Tokyo)

Mustard cardigan, floral shorts, plain pink top (not visible)

This was an accidental fit but somehow worked, I guess. The Sanrio-lover in me just got too excted packing up clothes that I actually forgot some. Good thing, sales are everywhere that time I was able to crop a matching top for my shorts. I really love Japan’s theme places and dressing up for it is also an exciting part!

During pre-pandemic days, I often get my outfits from thrift shops as they are affordable and unique but things are completely different now so should our lifestyle be. Still wishing to wear that Boutique Overall Dress I’ve been keeping for years though.

Here’s to praying for everyone’s safety and hoping we all could mix and match our favorite clothes and see each other on our favorite places again soon!

Japan Diaries: Kaomoji

Kaomoji comes from two Japanese words kao (顔) which means “face” and moji (文字) which means text as in keyboard characters. Basically, kaomiji is the emoticon we use for texting —only cuter.

I used to wonder how these kaomoji’s are inserted to messages or Facebook status and whatnot, I thought, “Do these people type the characters one by one??” To that, I was really amazed and I also wanted to be able to use some.

In my love for anything Japan, I started studying its language —Nihongo, until I learned a few words relating to feelings and emotions. Along with that, I also learned how to read and write in Japanese which made me realize that through learning the language, you also learn their culture and from there I found out that kaomoji’s aren’t simply characters put together but are actually a cuter representation of an emotion almost as a synonym to it.

To simply put it, nowadays, keyboards have auto-correct and predictive functions, right? In Nihongo, there are three types of writing their words: Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji. Therefore, in a Japanese keyboard, it tends to give suggestions of a word in all those three writing styles whichever is available. And there are times that not only those three but also kaomoji’s are being suggested. It can also suggest simple sentences.

For example, the Japanese word for “cute” is 「かわいい」 or “kawaii” in Roman letters. when I type ”kawaii” using a Japanese keyboard, it gives out the suggestions,

  1. かわいい (Hiragana)
  2. 可愛い (Kanji)
  3. かわいいです (“Kawaii desu.” sentence; translate: It is cute.)
    4.カワ(・∀・)イイ!! (Katakana: カワイイ plus kaomoji)

Below are more of my favorite kaomoji’s. Feel free to use them on your texts messages!

“That’s great!”いいね。ii ne.(・∀・)イイネ!!
“Thank you.”ありがとう!arigatou(人”▽`)ありがとう☆
“Yes.” はい。hai.ァィ(。・Д・)ゞ
‘`ィ (゚д゚)/
nervous (sweating)あせase(;^ω^)
(;^_^A アセアセ・・・
(;´Д`A “`
hot (weather)熱いatsuiι(´Д`υ)アツィー
“It’s okay.”ドンマイdonmaiドン( ゚д゚)マイ

Mobile tip:
For a wider variety of kaomojis, ready-made(copy/paste) Kaomoji apps are available for download as well. You just have to choose which ones suits your preference best. Personally, I have tried a lot of apps but the copy and pasting is too much of a task for me. But the choices you have in apps are way larger and more varied.

Let’s exchange smiles, comment your favorite Kaomoji!

Life in Niigata: First day

A year ago today, there were tears in my eyes.

As I bid goodbye to my home in Tokyo, my feelings heavier than the luggage I’m dragging to the nearest train station, I thought of the happy times and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities this chance to live in Japan gave me. I kept on remembering the carefree days while instructing myself to start to accept that I’ve had so many precious moments here and today is its last. My tears were my goodbyes to the busy streets, trains, food shops and my favorite second-hand toy stop.
Above all I was saddest that I am leaving the friends that I have just met. Along with my sadness, longing, tears and fears, I started to accept.

A year ago today, I faced an entirely different life. From the hustling life in Tokyo, I went north to Niigata, the rice capital of Japan. From buildings to ricefields, yes. That’s how I got a taste of both worlds in a day last year.

A year ago today, I was full of fear. Out of pressure mostly since I wouldn’t be this priveleged, by privellge alone. Of course, I had my duties along with this opportunity and being in Niigata meant things got more serious that time. As I have to work with actual engineering design company whilst studying Japanese language, having that one bottle of sake (Japanese alcohol) for my first night in Niigata was a perfect welcome.

A year ago today, was my first day in Niigata. A year ago today, I was afraid. I was doubtful, I wanted to stay amd live with my friends in Tokyo.
But why am I writing this?
Because unknowingly, a year ago today, I reached home.

A year I will never forget.
A year I wished I could experience again.


I haven’t written in ages since arriving here in Japan so “Ohisashiburi!” It is a Japanese phrase meaning “Long time no see,” in English. Or should I say, “Gobusatadesu!” It means, “Sorry I haven’t written to you for a long time.” But I am no Nihongo sensei so let us stop at that.

Now what to say, I am writing at random now because I just chance upon my housemate’s laptop and thought I should visit my blog. It’s been months! OMG.


I am doing fine here in Japan, I miss my family all the time but the convenient life here makes everyday survivable. Thanks to Internet also, I am able to talk to my family anytime.

I guess I will just make separate posts about my life here in Japan because there are just lots to share. I really regret not updating more often. I did not bring my laptop too which makes blogging hard but I will try to share some time when my housemate’s laptop is free.

For now, nice to be back!

Have you been to Japan too? Which is your favorite part of Japan? Please share them to me too so I can look forward to them here. Although I am no traveler here, I would love to know more about how other people see Japan too.

Ja, ne!



Almost 2 months here in Japan and I still can not believe that I am actually here. Japan life is very convenient compared to my life in the Philippines but I still miss my home and the people I used to always be with. Cosplay conventions, jamming over electro voice at musiciansfriend.com, food tripping or simply just strolling around with my best friends. I really miss them a lot.

Finding refuge in music

It has been two weeks since I came here in Japan. While the excitement is still there, I can not hide the fact that I miss my family and friends in the Philippines so much. As form of enjoyment, I listen to Filipino music from time to time but without forgetting to learn Nihongo as well. Music does magic and it gives me a sense of being at home somehow. At times, I would browse through my favorite music shop and look for new stuff like denon dj at guitarcenter.com and imagine I was playing it with my friends back home. Being alone is never easy, no matter how beautiful or convenient the place is, home will always be where your heart will be.