BabyJ's Guide for Foreigners Living in Japan

Information on life in Japan, Japanese society and culture

Middle-aged Recluses has numbered 613,000 in Japan

Hello, again. This is BabyJ. Japan's Cabinet Office has just announced the results of their research on middle-aged recluses. They've estimated that the recluses aged between 40-64 years of age have numbered 613,000. The number was beyond …

To Be Different Is a Bad Thing?

Hello, again. This is BabyJ. In my 1st post, I explained that I was married to an American for several years. My only son is bi-racial with half Japanese and half African American. He has a dreadlocks-like hair and light dark skin. When he…

Hina Dolls and Marriage

Hello, again. This is BabyJ. March 3rd was “Hinamatsuri”, Doll’s Festival, or “Girl’s Day,” the day to celebrate healthy growth of a female child and pray for her happiness. “Hinamatsuri,” is also called, “Momo-no-sekku,” the season of pea…

“Jibun ni gohoubi” Giving a Gift to Yourself

Hello, again. This is BabyJ. The other day, I wrote about Japan’s practice of giving chocolate on Valentine's Day. According to a news article I read recently, a majority of women bought chocolate for themselves and spent 4,200 yen on aver…

Reasons for Wearing Masks

Many Japanese People Wearing Masks Hello, again. This is BabyJ. You may have noticed that, on the train and on the streets, so many Japanese people are wearing masks. You can see it all throughout the year, especially in winter. At drugsto…

Obligatory Chocolate Practice at Work

Hello, again. This is BabyJ. The topic today is "girichoko," obligatory chocloate giving practice in Japan. Valentine’s Day in Japan While Valentine’s Day is originally the day to exchange gifts between romantic partners, in Japan, it is t…

Nice to Meet You

Love English and Intercultural Communication Hello, nice to meet you. My name is Junko BabyJ Lewis. Please call me “BabyJ.” Since Junior High School, I've loved English and intercultural communications. I went to college in Boston, Massach…

Personal Interpretation, Translation, and Counseling Services Offered

My name is BabyJ Lewis. I live in Tokyo Metropolitan area and provide interpretation and translation, and counseling services to foreigners in Japan.To make the service easy to use, service fee is set simple and reasonable, comparing to th…