Sunday, April 1, 2018

He is risen!

Happy Easter! He is risen!

In honor of new life, here is a giant heap of sakura (cherry blossom) pictures taken with my phone over the last 3 days. Please enjoy!

On Friday night, I had dinner with some peeps and we finished off with gelato. I had sakura and strawberry...yum!

A cute cafe named after sakura.

Not the tomb, but kind of looks like it.

Sometimes you have to take a boring hike to get the shot you want.

Me with a potato tornado. Why not?
 Sakura parties everywhere!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Moving Day!

I started this post to tell you all about moving day in Japan - a day of adventures! But Blogger isn't picking up today's phone pictures yet. So, here's a group of pictures from last night's farewell party.

Here we are arriving at the banquet room. My chair is at the table closest to you. It's the one in the middle facing you, which meant that I had to do that fun twist we all know to be able to listen to the speeches. 

The first course was smoked salmon with some decorative vegetables. I've eaten the funny twisty one in the middle before, but I couldn't remember what it was called. Neither could the Japanese teachers. Haha! I just looked it up and it's called Kogomi (Ostrich Fern is the English translation).

Next, we got some delightful mushroom soup! And bread and olive oil! Also, that is not saliva on top! Whatever it was, it was nice.

Due to the many speeches, I forgot to take a picture of the fish course. But it was goooooooooooood.

Then came heavenly meat. Beef cooked to perfection! Pink and tender, but not bloody. It was so good that I wasn't even sad it was so small. 

Finally came dessert and coffee. A slice of cheesecake and a small scoop of orange sherbet really completed the meal. And of course, coffee!

It was a delicious dinner, but I'm a little sad to say goodbye to so many people this year. 

But I'm not sad to say goodbye to my old apartment! On with the new!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Subway living and Sunday rest

So, it's been a while since I had something to post. My usual days are not so photogenic. I spend a lot of time either underground or at school.
Here's an entrance to the deep, dark tunnels beneath the earth

Well, I'm happy to tell you that the blossoms are starting and spring is near! It's been a long and cold winter, but not cold enough for all the snow flurries to stick. But yesterday and today were not painfully cold, and so now I have some blossoms to show you! The ume and peach trees are blooming now, and sakura will come at the end of this month. Yay yay yay.
 Just a mass of blossoms in the winter sky.
 And one lovely branch

In January, I started re-reading all the Chronicles of Narnia. They were so delightful that I took lots of breaks. I had never read them all that close together before.

Needless to say, I'm longing for Aslan's Country.

 Blossoms are a lovely taste of renewal ahead, I think.

 Here's Jane, my blossom hunting buddy and coworker!
Well, back to my underground life tomorrow! But good things are here, and good things are coming!