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!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Autumn walks

Autumn is nearly over in Nagoya. Actually, I didn't realize that it was still so gorgeous until I got out today. Here's my day in reverse.

I walked 20,000 steps today, so I treated myself to a cake. Here it is. No, it's not a giant coffee. It's a normal coffee and a teeny tiny cake. No need to feel guilty for that! Hahaha!

This bridge with leaves and sunlight made me really happy. I had to wait for cars to get off it, thougg.

Here's Inuyama Castle - I've definitely photographed it a lot. But it always looks so cool standing up there on the hill.

This is one of my favorite rock formations.

Hello, beautiful tree!

Many of my 20,000 steps were up a mountain. Well, maybe a hill. But a really big hill!

The stairs heading up.

Me with some leaves! I was actually not planning on going for a mega walk in Inuyama when I left the house this morning. But I'm glad I went!

Light through leaves

Leaves and bamboo!

My phone missed the varied colors all over this hill - so pretty in real life. Pretty in a picture, but for different reasons!

Same here! I really loved seeing the shadows and light on the hills across the river - so beautiful!

Before I left this morning, I thought this was it for the leaves. Nope!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Farewell to September

It's the last day of September, and I'm still surprised. How is it the end of September already? 

I wanted to get in one last post before October, so here is a completely random post.

This is my favorite tree, and I'm eagerly waiting for it to change. It gets really gorgeous in the fall.
 One of my dreams has been to eat this giant cotton candy. Thankfully, I shared it with a friend. It was SWEET!

Here's a pumpkin coffee in honor of fall.

Here's one of my favorite foods in Japan. It's currypan, a bun filled with curry.

 Here's a coffee and a target, which pretty much sums up my life.
That's pretty much it for here! Work has been really busy this term. I'm hoping next week will be a little easier. The weather is starting to get nice, so I need to spend more time outside in nature. It's easy to get too much city!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A break from the city

There's a beautiful walk about an hour from here that I've definitely written about before. Here are some more pictures from that walk! We had a holiday on Monday, so I did it again. I enjoy city living, but I find that I often need to take breaks and get back in touch with the world. 

Selfie towards the end of the hike - so tired! And I forgot water for the hike, which was a little dumb.

My favorite part of the hike is this teahouse/rest stop halfway through.
 Got caught in the rain and was glad I brought a poncho.
 Misty morning