My home in Saigon, the Japantown

Your are born of flour and octopus bits. Born as a shapeless dollop, the woman keep prodding you, turning you and shaping you. You...

Sunset over Ben Thanh Market (2013)

This was one of those lucky moment shots. I had my Samsung Note 2 with me at the time and I got this great...

Vietnam’s architectural gems are disappearing

Since leaving Saigon back in 2013 to work overseas, each return trip brings back surprises.  Saigon is developing fast, you see new buildings where...

My time in Sapa (A Japanese student’s experience)

While I was studying in Vietnam, I had an opportunity to to visit Sapa in 2012 for my research. I spent a total of...

Things I miss after I left Vietnam

I have lived Ho Chi Minh city for almost 8 years then came back to Japan. I now realized that there are few things I...

How would I describe my life in Vietnam in one sentence?

This article was originally posted in SaigonNezumi.com many years ago while I still resided in Saigon, Vietnam.  Now that I have lived outside of...

Japan’s Emperor and Empress Meet With Children Abandoned by Japanese Soldiers...

Follow up to our previous story about Vietnamese Bride Still Loves Her Japanese Husband – 60 Years After He Left, , recently the Japanese...

Vietnamese Bride Still Loves Her Japanese Husband – 60 Years After...

An interesting story by War History Online. It looks at the story of Nguyen Thi Xuan who is still in love with her Japanese...

Saigon Mama in Shanghai

A new Saigon-style cafe recently opened up near the Dapuqiao Station in Shanghai, China. I did not have a chance to stop by but...

Always missing the Vietnamese Cafe Sua Da

Whenever I land in Vietnam, one of the first missed drinks I order is the famous cà phê sữa đá, or iced milk coffee....

Nao Coffee and Leaving Saigon (again)

A good memory. It happened last January. About 8 hours before my return flight to Shanghai. I had just driven my girlfriend back from...

Soft Launch of lilvn.com

Welcome on board! LilVN is not like any other Vietnam expats news sites that you know. It looks at Vietnam from the outside and features...