Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.
– Max Eastman
No matter where you are, it’s important that you scope out a good vet for your furry friend. When I adopted Rhea, I did a lot of research on what vet to take to her to. So I read a lot of online reviews of veterinarians in the city, and ended up choosing a long running vet with a state of the art facility, and amazing reviews. It also turned out that the vet had been there for forty years, and judging by the staff board, both the father (who I assume started it), and son worked there.
A house is not a home without a dog.
Welcome to the first in my new series, Owning a Dog in Japan, in which I’ll talk about interesting things I’ve found about having a four legged friend while living in Japan.
But before we begin, meet my dog, Rhea. She’s the inspiration and reason why this series exists.
I have a confession.
I’ve been living in Japan for about five years, and I do not own a yukata. While it’s not something everyone living in Japan must have, I feel like I’m missing out a bit.
I’ve thought about getting one in the past, and recently I’ve been revisiting these thoughts. Of course I’ve worn yukata at onsen and hotels, but I’ve never had one of my own. I guess part of me felt that since I’m not Japanese, it’s weird if I wear one. Almost like I’m an imposter. However, the more I think about it, the more I realise that it’s just clothing, and it’s part of Japanese culture. Why not jump right in?
So what exactly is a yukata?