Did you know August 11th is a new Japanese national holiday from 2016?

I didn’t know until today.

My colleague has marked August 11th as a national holiday but I wasn’t aware of it. There is a summer holiday season called Obon in Japan but those are not marked as official holidays on calendar. I didn’t remember having an official holiday in August. I googled it and it turns out August 11th is a Japanese national holiday from this year!  😯

So what are we celebrating?

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My first dormitory guesthouse experience

Jay and I decided to go to Hokkaido for summer vacation. Hokkaido is well known for winter but summer is actually very nice as well.

Anyway, I’m going to write about our Hokkaido trip in another blog. Today I want to write about my first experience @dormitory style guesthouse. In short, I don’t think it’s my style, period.

I went to Hokkaido one day before Jay joined me. So I decided to stay one might at a guesthouse to learn how other guesthouse is like. Since I am staying alone, I decided to stay at a dormitory.

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Why is Airbnb so popular?

Airbnb is very popular, but not really in Japan, just like everything else such as Uber.

The rise of the sharing economy is the reason behind the population of Airbnb. From supplier’s point of you, when you are not using your assets, why not share them and make profits out of them. From user’s point of view, you don’t need to own assets but just pay for the usage when you need to use them. So it’s win-win deal.

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What do you eat for Tanabata?

Today is July 7th and it is “Tanabata” in Japan.

What is Tanabata?

You can read detailed expalanation of Tanabata in Wikipedia.

It’s not a holiday but it’s more like a festival.

It’s from the legend that the milky way separated two lovers and they are allow to meet only once a year, TODAY!

How tragic!!  😕

There are always food linked to holidays and festivals in Japan.

So I started to wonder,

What should I eat for “Tanabata”?

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Gamification applied to making boring house work more fun

Jay used to do more cooking than me. I would wash clothes and dishes, clean house but cooking wasn’t just my thing. Jay enjoys cooking so it’s not so much stress for him. But I sometimes feel bad that he’s the one who always cook.

Then we deployed this solution for deciding “who cooks for tonight?”

Now I am doing more cooking. 🙁 but I can’t really complain because it’s a totally fair way of making decision. 😆

If you are married or couple who’s fighting about who’s in charge of doing boring house work, try this fun way to make decision daily basis.

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