Ai Faithy Perez

Ai was born and raised in Japan but speaks Japanese as a second language. She loves photography, singing, cooking, and traveling.

Articles By Ai Faithy

All You Need to Know About Japanese Cherry Blossoms

“Sakura, sakura, ima saki hokuru” (桜、桜、今咲き誇る; cherry blossom, now you are in full bloom) sang Naotaro Moriyama, son of the gorgeous Japanese folk and Jazz...

March 31, 2016 | Lifestyle

Hinamatsuri: A Japanese Girls’ Day Celebration

As a small child, I thought that Japanese Girls' Day or Dolls' Day, hinamatsuri (ひな祭りor 雛祭り), was actually called Princess Day, as the Japanese...

February 18, 2016 | Lifestyle

Celebrate New Year’s in Japan Like a Local

Every New Year season in Japan, you will hear people say “akemashite omedeto gozaimasu” (明けましておめでとうございます, literally, opening congratulations). It’s a mouthful to say, but thankfully...

December 30, 2015 | Art & Culture, Lifestyle

See Tokyo with an Underground Mystery Game

If you ever wanted to be Sherlock when you were a child, this is your chance. The Underground Mysteries by Scrap Corporation is a treasure...

December 2, 2015 | Lifestyle

All You Need to Know About Christmas Shopping in Tokyo

It’s started. Halloween has come and gone and Christmas decorations and signs went up almost overnight, like Santa Clause was coming to town early. My...

November 26, 2015 | Lifestyle

The Complicated Rituals of Japanese Funerals

Last month, I wrote “Pay Attention to the ‘Emergency’ Kanji,” in which my darling partner mistook the “let the parcel man in” button for the...

October 21, 2015 | Lifestyle

An Elegant Gourmet Experience at Chez Taka, Higashi Azabu

If I had to describe my food experience at Chez Taka in just two words, it would be elegantly sumptuous. Nestled in the quiet neighborhood...

September 11, 2015 | Food & Drink

Pay Attention to the “Emergency” Kanji

Early on a Sunday morning, I was rudely jolted out of my peaceful sleep by raging sirens. My lovely, unable-to-read-difficult-kanji partner had pressed the emergency...

September 9, 2015 | Lifestyle

Obon: Japan’s Halloween

If you’ve been in Japan for a while, you may have heard the word obon floating around during these excruciatingly hot summer months. Obon (お盆)...

August 12, 2015 | Lifestyle