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

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

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

Authentic Afghan Cuisine at Pao Caravan Sarai, Higashi Nakano

I love traveling. And what’s more, I love eating. Even though I make it overseas once or twice a year, globetrotting on a stuff-my-face quest...

February 13, 2015 | Food & Drink