Dark Waters by Rain Oxford

Magic – Murder – Mystery

Though only vaguely connected to Japan I want to introduce you to “Dark Waters” from Rain Oxford, the first book of her Elemental series. Rain Oxford is a teacher who has been writing for more than half of her life. The Asian-influenced cultures she creates were inspired by Japan, where she attended Ritsumeikan University in…

South China Morning Blues

Next week on October 15th the new book from author Ray Hecht will be published by Blacksmith Books and I was lucky enough to get an early copy. Ray Hecht has been living in Shenzen, China, since 2008 and has written several books about life in China – including “Pearl River Drama: Dating in China…

BuzzLife Hello Smoothie

BuzzLife – Hello Smoothie Blendy Sticks

While I was in Japan for my semester abroad I wanted to try everything new and was fascinated with all the things I had never heard of in my home country. When my (now) husband was time and again providing me with those little hairsprays and wax and whatnot in perfect handbag (i.e. sample) size…

熱さまシート (Netsusamashiito)

I’m sick. The kind with coughing and sneezing and bad bad headaches. I’m a poor little bunny (as my mother would say) but because my husband is still in Japan there’s nobody around to pamper me so there’s no point in moping around. That doesn’t mean I don’t (mope around), it just means the stuffed…

Looking For A Place To Stay In Tokyo? Try Cozy Shinjuku (コージー新宿).

Originally posted on Etui Trove:
[I receive no payment or compensation for this review. All opinions are entirely mine.] http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2352536 I came across this affordably priced Shinjuku apartment while scouring through Airbnb. So here’s a full review of the place where I stayed for 9 nights during my recent Tokyo trip. 1. Location Location and station proximity description as in Airbnb…