Japanese empathy towards boredom snacking

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

I was recently asked by a reader,

“I once read this Japanese word, “Kuchisabishii” — would you mind sharing the meaning of it?”

Ah, yes. Kuchisabishii.

I’ve been hearing it a lot more these days in Japan, sometimes over Zoom calls and sometimes thrown around the house. When I catch…

Visit a McDonald’s in Japan and you’ll understand why

Photo: Okinawa Soba (Rob) via Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Whenever I talk to someone who has visited Japan, an ex-pat who has lived there or a tourist just passing by, they will more often than not mention something about the fast-food chains there.

“If they tried to pull the same stunt in the United States, there would literally be…

Identifying those central heart objects which act as a keystone presence to the environment in which it is placed

A watercolor illustration of a small wooden kitchen table and two chairs
Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

When it comes to healthful behavior change, I think a lot of the time we are made to believe that there is something intrinsically wrong with us and that we need to do something incredibly drastic to force ourselves against these “bad” impulses — counting calories, cutting out entire food…

Learning to feel valuable in all my imperfections

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

My family always tried to make me feel beautiful.

Actually no, they tried to make me feel valuable.

There is a concept in Japan on aesthetics, a term that reads as “wabi-sabi” — to appreciate beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”, for it is natural. It is a concept…

Kaki Okumura

Born in Dallas, raised in New York and Tokyo. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. My site: www.kakikata.space 🌱

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