Thursday, May 2, 2019

Back to the sakura

The sakura was really beautiful this year. I can't decide which way I like it best - wandering by myself, wandering with friends, or sitting under it with friends.

When you wander by yourself, you can really enjoy the blossoms. You can spend ages trying to get the perfect picture. You can listen to your favorite songs and talk with God. It's so relaxing!

Wandering with friends is also fun. It's lovely to enjoy the beauty with others and exclaim over the different trees. You might even go places you never knew about!

Sitting under the trees for a party is a fun experience, but in a different way. There are loads of people doing the same thing, so someone from your group has to get to the desired location really early to claim a spot. It's definitely a party atmosphere, with lots of noise and food and excitement. But the energy is fun. It's neat to see everyone partying in honor of blooming trees.

Which way do you think you would like best?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A new era!

Well, hello!

I haven't been here in a long while! Sorry about that! I thought it would be kind of fun to come in and post today because today is the first day of a new era in Japan! The emperor abdicated last night (it's been in progress for a long time), so today begins the era of the new emperor. The name of the new era is Reiwa, which means beautiful harmony. It's kind of exciting!

Spring is in full swing in Nagoya. The sakura have finished blooming, and now the wisteria is in season. Actually, the last 2 days have been cold and rainy. But here are some pictures from before the rain.
This is the wisteria festival that I went to with a few friends. It was a gray day, but at least it didn't rain!

There were lots of people and lots of dogs.

People really like to get out and celebrate flowers and nature in Japan. It's pretty fun.

Anyway, I will try to get here more! We shall see if that actually happens or not. Haha!

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Thanks to a sore achilles, I haven't been able to spend much time outside this weekend. I've missed it! This afternoon, I went grocery shopping. I was feeling kind of blue about being stuck in the city, but then I saw this lovely flower. Hello!
 After I got back from the store, I spent the evening cooking. I made "enchiladas" - they were not perfect, but they tasted nice. The goop in the bowl is a banana pudding with avocado added - it is delish, I promise!
To try to fight the inflammation in my leg, I made this weird turmeric milk that the internet suggested. I don't know if it will help or not.
I'll let you know! Hope to be back on the hiking trails again soon!

Birthday Brunch

It was so good to have a Saturday of fun today. I met up with some lovely ladies for a double birthday brunch - 2 of us share the same birthday. How fun is that?
We had a lovely time of food, coffee, and chatting!

However, it did start to rain and I ruined a second pair of shoes walking home. I hope they will somehow dry ok! This rainy season has been hard on my shoes!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Little World

Today was a field trip to Little World with the 3rd graders. We gathered at school this morning and then headed out on big cushy buses. We did some English quizzes on the bus, and the bus attendant did some Japanese quizzes and stories. We spent the day at the park making ornaments and then the English teachers spread out around the park. Groups of roving students searched for us, asked us questions in order to guess an animal, and got stamps. The goal was to find all five of us.

My location was Italy, which was all the way at the back of the park. While I waited, I decided to visit the costume shop. Tada!
After the stamp rally, the students ate their bentos from home. It was interesting to see how carefully each lunch was packed. Then the students hit the gift shop, and we headed on home.

It was a hot day, but a lot of fun!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What do you do when people sing "Happy Birthday" to you?

I love it, but I immediately don't know what to do with myself.

I think I got about 8 renditions today, so I got some time to practice. My recommendation - don't pretend to conduct. Afterwards, you just feel like a big dork.

So it was a great working birthday. I treated myself to breakfast at a cafe on the way to work, coworkers brought me Starbucks and cake and stickers and beet juice (long story). I got lots of songs and Happy Birthdays from my students, I ate my least favorite school lunch (well, it's close), I got a lot of filing done, I ate a hot dog for dinner because I am a child at heart, and I had a good time at language exchange. Now I'm enjoying birthday messages on my phone!

So, a good day!
Reflection time at the end of the day

Language fun

My grown-up dinner

Blech. The pile next to the dumplings has small whole stinky fish. Why???

Desk surprises


Morning flowers

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Birthday Eve

Hello friends! This is a bit of a random post, but tomorrow's my birthday, so I thought I'd blog. I should see how long I can blog in this new year of mine! That would be fun!

I haven't done anything super exciting lately - I had to work last Saturday and we are thoroughly into the rainy season now. As a matter of fact, my favorite shoes died today. Farewell, good friends. Haha.

So here's some random stuff happening lately.

1. Clear Coke
Clear drinks have been super popular in Japan lately, but most of them aren't so nice. The worst was a clear latte. It tasted like they had just poured water into an unwashed empty bottle of coffee. But, clear Coke is actually nice. Unfortunately, I got a raging headache after drinking it. It could have been a coincidence, but it is artificially sweetened. Tasted good, though!

2. City Living
I will be moving out of the city soon, but here I finally got a spot at Starbucks where I could sit and relax. It's annoyingly jammed on the weekends. I think this was a Tuesday night.

3. Ajisai season
The nice thing about the rainy season is that it is when the ajisai bloom. They actually look better in the rain, I think.

Well, that's about it for me! I'm excited about new adventures ahead in this year. I'm just starting to study Spanish, so we will see how that goes. So far, I've relearned stuff from university and one new word - guacala - which means yucky. How useful...not really!