Sailor Moon Musical: Petite Étrangère

Last weekend I saw the Saturday evening performance of the new Sailor Moon musical with a good friend of mine.  As the last musical, La Reconquista, was based on the first Sailor Moon season.  Therefore it makes sense that Petite Étrangère was based on the following season, Sailor Moon R.  R is my favorite of the five seasons, so I was especially excited to see my favorite character, Black Lady, take the stage!

Somehow the cast managed to top their last musical performance, which was no easy feat!  They completely knocked it out of the park!  This post contains summaries (spoilers?!) and pamphlet scans.  :)

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Sending a Package Within Japan

One of the first services you’ll probably make use of when you arrive in Japan is the Japan Post or any one of the other well known delivery/courier services available, and all of them are easy and convenient after the first time or two.

Lately I’ve been sending out some omiyage (souvenirs) we brought back from Hokkaido, in addition to ochūgen (mid-year gifts) to those we owe our gratitude to.

Unlike many other countries it’s not necessary to visit the post office or the delivery service directly to send mail.  You can practically send mail from anywhere: the convenience store, department stores or supermarkets if sending a gift you’ve bought there, and even the airport.  There many different types of mail services offered, so if you find yourself in a pickle, try this handy guide.

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Traveling: Summer Vacation in Hokkaido!

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

It’s officially Obon break for most folks in Japan!  This year I lucked out and Mr. J was allowed to take a few days off for us to take a trip together to Hokkaido.  Of course, being the holiday week everyone else was traveling, flights and hotels were pretty pricey.  Still it was nice to get away from the heat and the incoming typhoon for a few days, and we had a really nice time.  If you find yourself over that way, here’s some suggestions for sightseeing in the Sapporo/Otaru area of Hokkaido.

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Getting Invited to a Japanese Wedding

I’m at that age where most of my friends have already or are getting ready to settle down, and/or pop out some kids. So for the last 4 years I’ve found myself averaging at least one or two weddings as year.  In fact, just last weekend two of Mr. J’s junior high school classmates got married, and so we took a trip out to Yokohama to celebrate the occasion.

The first time I got invited to Japanese wedding, I was pretty nervous because I only had a vague notion of the manner dos and don’ts when attending one, and I didn’t want to do anything to further stand out as the only foreign guest there. Now that I’ve gotten some more under my belt,  I figure I have a little bit more authority to write about what you should expect when you accept an invitation to one.

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Traveling: One Day Sightseeing in Niigata

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

I ventured up to Niigata Prefecture for the Fuji Rock Festival, but I scheduled my return bus for a Sunday night departure/Monday morning arrival so I could have a little time to check out Niigata City.

Wanting to be a frugal as possible, most of the stuff I did was either free or easy on the wallet. If you’re looking for good recommendations for a short trip in Japan or are curious about what Niigata has to offer, click below!

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