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Helen A. Langford-Matsui

Freelance writer and innkeeper based in Kamakura. Helen spends most of her time picking up after her two young children, ruining the game Candy Land with homemade phonics cards, and daydreaming of owning her own cabane à sucre. She believes that homemade pies beat store pies nine times out of ten and that cold weather is pointless without snow. Helen writes about all manner of things, including travel and life in Japan. Find more of her thoughts at https://kamakuradreaming.com.

Articles by Helen

Often beautiful and delicate, always delectable, Japanese confectionery, called wagashi, have a knack for lifting your spirits as well as satisfying your sweet tooth — and they’re perfect paired with a day…

Hay fever, seasonal allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies, pollinosis, kafunsho: Call it what you will, the condition can wreak havoc on your health, destroy your productivity, and completely tank your quality of life.…

Not long after Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) came to power again in 2012, promises to women for a brighter and better future started making the news headlines. Women…

The year 2020 was supposed to be brilliant: a successful Olympics, another year of record-breaking inbound tourism and prodigious profits across industries. Instead, Japan has been dealing with cancellations, closures, bankruptcies and…

In our neighborhood, my family is an outlier. In late March, when local schools reopened for two shortened days, my eight-year-old daughter was not in attendance. When her afterschool and weekend lessons…