How an ordinary Japanese mom spends her day (with two kids)

Being a stay-at-home-mom with two young children can be pretty overwhelming. I always wonder how other moms are going through this stage. What do they do everyday?  Where do they go? When do they prepare dinner? Here is an example of how I spend a day with my #1 daughter (2 years old) and #2 …

What is a “Maternity Mark?”: Where/when to get it, important reasons why you should wear it (Pregnancy in Japan)

If you become pregnant in Japan, there is a key chain that I recommend you to wear in public. It is called the “Maternity Mark”. I will introduce you to the maternity mark, and give reasons why you should wear it in public. What is a Maternity Mark? “Maternity Mark” (マタニティーマーク)is a key chain distributed …

7 reasons why birth rates keep decreasing in Japan (from a Japanese mom’s perspective)

Japan’s birth rate has decreased to a point that it will not be able to support its own country in the future. Why? Japan seems to be a rich country with everything you need, with education, food, health etc. Then why are families deciding not to have kids? Why are families having only one or …