💜 Get to Know Me | OSHAREGIRL 💜

Sooooooooooo I had a request to do a get to know me tag from a YouTube subscriber (thank you (^ω^)) which I jumped at to make.


Because i am asking people to subscribe to me not actually knowing anything about me so, I thought it was a good chance to kind of get to know me through random questions I collected from the Internet (strayed a little from the regular questions). I answered them strictly from the top of my head so my answers are real and unplanned, the best way to get to know me, don’t you think 😉 ?

Here is the link to that video! 

Also, I finally figured out how to make thumbnails, the correct sizing, etcccccc to attach them to my YouTube videos~ horaay for that since I am doing this YouTube thing alone without help… (T^T)

Anywho, support your girl out by clicking, commenting, liking, or subscribing to my channel 💜

Ta-ta for now,



Japan’s New Plus Size Magazine!

Hey guys!

I decided to postpone my fashion post this Sunday (japan time) to talk about something trending right now around the Internet courtesy of buzzfeed!

It’s in the title but just to say it again, Japan has finally taken a step in the right direction in my opinion and released its first plus size magazine! I have just finished my 2nd year here in Japan and had no idea that this magazine was published 1 year ago!!!!!!!!!!! I am always creeping the fashion magazines at the 7/11’s here and haven’t come across the plus size magazine yet but, not I will keep my eyes open for it!

The magazine “la Farfa” is breaking with tradition here in Japan and is now making headlines around the world! Maybe to people in Canada and America, it is not so different but over here in Japan, it is major!

In Japan the first thing I noticed upon arrival was that calories are literally listed everywhere you go… Unless it is a restaurant that is viewed as a “manly” restaurant, the calories won’t be listed. I have even been to restaurants in Japan that have special female menus that are smaller portioned and fewer calories. I also felt like every time there was an informertial on tv it was about weight loss something blah blah. You can even buy special sleep wear to wrap your body into so help you lose weight etc. Needless to say, the pressure to be thin here in Japan is high.

Bigger women here have a lot of pressure and judging eyes upon them here. Because I am a foreigner I feel like I have a slight pass due to perception of us being “fat” is normal… But I still get called fat by my students.

Sorry about that ramble… I could literally go on for days but, I am just trying to keep it short and sweet and make some kind of point. Maybe the pressure over here to be thin can only really be felt if you’re actively living here.

Anyways I am just so happy to wake up this morning and see on vuzzfeed this article ( http://www.buzzfeed.com/cathyngo/japans-first-plus-sized-fashion-magazine-is-breaking-traditi?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpj6#4ldqpj6  ) trending on Facebook! It’s never too late to take a step in the right direction and that is exactly what japan is doing. This magazine is trying to promote plus size bodies in Japan instead of fat-shaming like they do in other magazines.

Even better news, this magazine recently just celebrated their one year anniversary ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆
Ta-Ta for now,




Travel Japan: Mie Prefecture


Looking for a more quiet area of Japan to go sightseeing? Why not try Mie, Japan. Quite honestly, before moving to Japan I have never heard of this prefecture before. I ended up living in a tiny area in the Mie prefecture that not so many people know. But that one year living in the center area of japan allowed me to travel to places I might not have necessarily have went to. Mie is a quite beautiful prefecture in Japan facing the Pacific Ocean. It is about 2 hours by limited express train to two big cities in Japan: Osaka and Nagoya. I will list some areas that I travelled to in Mie and why I went there or what I thought was worth seeing.

I think I should add that, I have a Japanese driver’s license and had my own company car so, I didn’t have any problems getting around. BUT, Mie is quite limited in its means of transportation so I high recommend renting a car.

Here we go:


SHIMA– Of course I would recommend the city I lived in for one year. Shima is on the very bottom tip of the prefecture. It is said that the seafood here is used to feed the royal family. (not sure, just a saying) Oysters, pearls, and blowfish are very famous in this area of Mie. There is also quite a big theme park named “Spain Mura” (Spain village) which has Brazilians and Spanish people working there. The theme park is quite expensive but not like Disney. As well as, the Kashigojima area has some ritzy hotels and gold courses you can enjoy for a nice quite relaxing weekend.

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TOBA- Toba is a quiet little city on the coast. Although Toba may be small, there are still many things to visit. Toba has their famous aquarium which can be found on the YouTube channel VICE: JAPAN. Around the aquarium, there is also Yamazaki Pearl Island. Toba also has big resort hotels that are quite expensive but the scenery and view is breathtakingly beautiful.


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ISE – Ise is next to SHIMA or TOBA depending on the highway route you take. Ise is most famous for their Ise-jingu shrine. It is the most holy Shinto shrine here in Japan. The royal family come yearly around the New Year to pay their respects to their religion. Around that time, everything is closed and people cannot go inside. If you are all about photography, the small city around the shrine is extremely beautiful in the spring with the cherry blossoms and the fall with the coloured leaves. Both seasons are busy. If you plan on taking photos of the shine, don’t get too excited. Photography is not allowed of the main shrines. Something that you HAVE to try when in ISE is AKAFUKU MOCHI!!!!! It is the most delicious and smooth red bean mocha you might ever eat in your life. If you are planning to buy it for OMIYAGE (presents) beware, it goes bad quite fast and cannot store for a long time. Usually in the fall, people take bus tours through the mountain pass that leads to SHIMA or TOBA so they can view the leaves.


IGA- If you are into the martial arts scene or even Japanese history, a great place for you to visit in Mie in Iga. This mountainous area is the land where NINJAS originated. That’s right, ninjas. Even if you’re not practicing martial arts, there must be some small part of you that thinks ninjas are bad-ass and cool. I remember when driving through a random mountain, I started thinking about the ninjas and I could totally imagine them living there. There is just something about the forest there that seems mysterious and magical. There aren’t too many tourist attraction in Iga apart from their castle. There is however, a ninja festival. You read right, a NINJA FESTIVAL!!!! Ueno Ninja Fiesta takes place from April 1st to May 6th. People come to there to compete in ninja games. Also, during that time, if you dress as a ninja and ride the train, your fair is free.


11043118_10153097809984780_1408141728808864321_nKUWANA – There are many things to see in Kuwana and for anyone visiting, it is next to Nagoya. Easy to kill two birds with one stone if you visit around here. I would say Kuwana is most famous for its illuminations in the autumn/winter and its huge theme/hot springs park. Nabana no Sato are the illuminations in Nabano Park. I highly recommend viewing these if you are around this area in the colder seasons. Every year, the theme of the illuminations change so every year, people keep going back. The time I went it was a Mt. Fuji theme. Extremely beautiful and the tunnel of lights were to die for. I would recommend going to there on a non-busy day. I went during the weekend since it was my time off and, I found it a little difficult to move and enjoy as much because I was too preoccupied with people pushing me. If you go, please eat a yaki-imo (it is like a baked sweet potatoe, amainzly sweet and warm and refreshing to eat on a cold day/night)


Another attraction I highly recommend is Nagashima Spa Land. It is quite pricy but you can enjoy an amusement park and a visit to the hot springs. In Japan, you have to at least once try an onsen (hot springs) and experience true Japanese culture. Although, I am not too sure how tattoo friendly they are. Usually hot springs are pretty strict to people with tattoos and will not let them enter a public bath. (Tattoos in japan are linked to the yakuza, Japanese mafia) But some places are tattoo friendly because they get enough foreign clients so they can’t discriminate as much.

There you have it. My top 5 cities to visit in the prefecture of Mie, Japan. Have you been to any of these places before? Please enjoy if you make a trip to any of these places.


Ta-ta for now,



Valentine’s Day in Japan


Can you feel it? That ever so sweet twinge in the air that starts in the beginning of February every year and abruptly ends after February 15th. Have you guessed yet as to what I was referring too? You got it, VALENTINES DAY.

Every year, thousands of people begin to scan their brains for ideas on how to make this Valentine’s Day more memorable for their long-time partner or trying to impress their new love as it is their magical first valentine’s day together. Valentine’s Day for couples that are without children and/or young children tend to be more focused on one another while people with older children flock to the idea of a family Valentine’s Day celebration. And last but certainly not least, we have our singles out there that are celebrating by getting drunk with friends bashing exes or those who don’t participate in this commercial holiday whether single or not. I wonder which category some of my readers fall into??? Nevertheless, we all somehow get sucked into some kind of opinion about valentines, good or bad.

Valentine’s Day from where I am from (Canada) is a couple’s holiday where you exchange something on the day of February 14th and that’s the end of it. In Japan, it is a completely different ritual. Here, girls and women of all ages flock to their local grocery and confectionary stores to buy packaging, chocolate, and decorations in preparation for their big day.

February 14th is the day that females will either make homemade chocolates or buy chocolates and give to their male counterparts. This is a chance for some of the more shy Japanese women to have an excuse to direct a subtle hint towards someone they may fancy. But on the other hand, it is also common for female co-workers to give their male co-workers chocolates without any meaning attached. Therefore, if you have an office crush, I suggest that you make a more special chocolate for that secret someone.

Now the real interesting and tricky part is March 14th, also known as “White Day”, men are supposed to return the favor and give chocolates back. Now, this is how you can really tell if the person you fancy is interested because if you receive something back, the saying goes they are also interested in you! These days though in 2015, I never read into it too much the return of chocolates because 1.) Japanese people are all about being polite so I always tend to think I am getting chocolate because I gave chocolate and 2.) They assume that possibly I don’t understand the concept of White Day so I can’t think too deeply like possibly other women.

Either way, I don’t mind! Who is going to turn down chocolate… not me, that’s for sure. I am already anticipating February 14th because some of my students told me they are giving me chocolates!!!!!

How will you be spending your valentines and what traditions do you follow back at home in your country? I will be spending my Valentines day attempting to make these:


Ta-Ta for now