Regardless of whether you’re celebrating with your kids, your spouse or your best friend, it’s a day where we can do something out of the ordinary to show our love. How do we keep things fun, fresh and celebratory for yet another holiday at home, showing our love and appreciation for those around us?
For this week’s edition, I turned to Tofugu for their take on like vs. love in Japan: The concept of “like” and “love” in Japanese may be a little difficult for you to gauge because the word “suki” could mean both/either “like” or “love.”
Relationships can be complex. Add distance to the equation, and it’s even more challenging than before. Sudden deployments, changing duty stations and surprise assignments are all possibilities in the armed forces, which can put an even greater strain on long-distance relationships. But not to worry.
Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching. It may seem strange, but in Japan, Valentine’s Day is the lady’s day to confess her love. On this day, women give chocolates (often homemade ones) to men to express their love and admiration.
Being alone and loneliness aren’t the same. When you’re enjoying your solitude, you don’t feel isolated in a negative way or crave contact with others. Loneliness isn’t the same as being alone. You can be alone, yet not lonely. You can feel lonely in a crowd of people.
Have you heard of Japan’s furikake? In Japanese, furikake means "to sprinkle over." Furikake are seasonings of various dried ingredients such as egg, seaweed, or sesame, made to top a bowl of plain white rice.
The famous Land of the Rising Sun is known for so many things, it’s hard to even mention them all: culture, history, pop culture, manga, anime, cosplay, sights, architecture...the list could go on and on.