It has been another amazing year for all of us here at the Savvy team and we hope it has been an even better one for all of you, our readers from all over the world! Before we embrace 2019 (and with it, another new era in the history of Japan), all fresh and new, let’s take a look back at what was popular on Savvy over the past 12 months.
In 2018, we covered a range of seasonal and cultural topics and introduced several new series. Among them are Ladies & The Law in which we dig back in time tracing the catalysts for change in Japanese laws that today directly or indirectly affect us as women and our families, and Letters from Japan where our resident “Love in Japan” columnist, Hilary Keyes, answers anonymous questions from readers on everything from dating in Japan to women’s health issues. We also traveled quite frequently, expanding our typical Tokyo reach to other areas in Japan and capturing some stunning snaps along the way — from Tottori to Hayama and Koyasan in southern Japan.
We also had the enormous privilege to meet and interview some amazing women who inspired us with their dedication, creativity and hard work toward establishing their own businesses in Japan. From TELL Lifeline Director Vickie Skorji to Ikea Japan CEO Helene Von Reis to former Caroline Kennedy chef Marybeth Boller to the extremely talented photographer Tia Haygood and Hazuki Tanaka who established her own school when she couldn’t find a good one for her children, the list of inspiring stories goes on and on. We are humbled and honored to have been part of these women’s journeys in Japan.
So as we look ahead toward a brand new beginning in 2019, we also took a moment to digest the analytics of this year, leading us to discover several interesting things our readers share with us: we all obviously love Netflix just as much as we’re interested in knowing what’s the secret of having an impeccable skin and look forever young. You also showed interest in some of our more series stories, such as real-life stories of dealing with chikan (train gropers) and the power of finding your ikigai, or purpose in life.
So without further ado, here are the 10 most-read Savvy stories for 2018 in reverse order. Enjoy the recap and see you all again in 2019! Cheers to a new beginning and a very happy and prosperous new year!
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