Friday, January 29, 2016

Goodnight, Machida

Well, it was a busy last day here in Machida. 
Hey! It's not your turn yet, beach!

Anyway. Today was bag pickup day, so lots of cleaning happened while I waited. Lots of loafing too, but don't tell anyone. 

My bags finally left, and I flew out the door to my dental appointment. They put me in the Snow White room, so I had a little entertainment while people were poking around at my teeth. 

Today was also my day to transfer my yen to dollars, thanks to a delightful snarl of problems. The exchange rate wasn't as bad as the last time, so that was nice. Unfortunately, I got a little overzealous with the transferring, so I may be a little broke when I come back. Oh, well!

Came home for some more cleaning and ran into my neighbor Sharon. She's a lot of fun and I'm going to miss her. I'll miss lots of people. But I won't miss the commuter trains. I NEED A BREAK FROM THOSE THINGS!

Around 3, I asked myself why I was home and not at the beach. I didn't have a good answer, so I headed off for the sunset. It was beautiful. Fuji was wearing a big clou hat, but it was still lovely and I was glad I went. 

On the way home, I tried the new McDonald's French fries with chocolate sauce. They were terrible.  

I got home and took a box of living stuff to the shipping company. One of the few times I wished for a car!
Now I'm up in my loft ready for my last sleep this term. 

See you in a few hours, America!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello from next year

Guess what, American friends? We are in different years. 

I think that is bizarre!

But I haven't slept in 28 hours, so my judgment is slightly impaired. But I still think it's a strange thought. Two different years. 

Anyway, 2016 is off to a wonderful start in Japan. Here are two pictures of the first sunrise of the year, which is a pretty big thing!
Fuji after sunrise
Peeps on the beach waiting for the big moment. 

I want to write more, but I am too tired to think! Happy New Year, everyone!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ends and beginnings

Well, it's dark in Japan. 

In 7 minutes, I'm heading out to meet friends to ring in the new year in Tokyo. 

Then we will journey to the beach to watch the first sunrise of the new year. 

I'm excited to see what this kind of celebration will be like! But I missed having family to hang around today. 

Why can't I have everything I want??


Anyway, here's to a lovely 2016 for everyone!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


I updated my laptop to Windows 10. And now I can't use my blogging program. Augh!

So, here is a tiny update on my first 6 days of holidays. 
Talk to you soon, I hope! 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

My first Christmas in Japan turned out to be so much more fun than I was expecting!

I overslept this morning - whoops. Three myself together, and headed out the door to grab my neighbor Sheryl for a Christmas coffee. 

It was strange to walk through a perfectly normal business day going on - Japan doesn't really stop for Christmas. 

Coffee! I got a small one so I could be as hungry as possible for lunch. 

We lingered too long over our coffee and missed out train into Tokyo proper. Oops! But we caught the next one and happily ran into a heap of coworkers also on their way to lunch. 
The hotel was beautiful and luxurious. We all oohed and aahed. Well, we are a bunch of broke English teachers! 
The buffet was amazing! Beef, salad with bacon and olives, cheese, roasted pumpkin, ice cream, cakes, chocolate, and all sorts of yummy goodies. No octopus, sadly. But loads of coffee!
After lunch, a group of us went up the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. 

Hello, Tokyo! Merry Christmas!

In the afternoon, we walked across Tokyo and went to a board game cafe. Playing games with friends was a fun way to spend Christmas afternoon!

We ended the day with a stroll through an illumination near Shinjuku station. It changed based on touch - so fun!
I finished the day with some fried chicken (as a nod to Japanese Christmas) and It's a Wonderful Life. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

Hello, loved ones!

It's Christmas Eve, and I'm just about to turn in for the night. This is my first Christmas Eve in my own apartment. It's a little weird. 

Working Christmas Eve was actually kind of fun! There were presents and good cheer (despite giving exams - sorry!)
After work, I got on the train with mysterious Santas. 
And I got a seat for most of the journey! Thank you, Santa!

Once in Machida, I met a friend for a sushi Christmas Eve dinner. Yum!
Then, we had Christmas cake and watched Disney Christmas stuff. 

Although I'm missing family, it's been a pretty good day anyway. And I'm off to tea Lamentations before bed (church homework). 

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Journey to Thursday

This year, I’m hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at my house. It’s actually my first time to host Thanksgiving! Somehow, it has morphed into almost a traditional meal. I think there will be three Americans, one Canadian, and two Brits.
Sheryl (one of the Americans) and I bought a turkey in Yokohama yesterday.
You may be wondering how a turkey will be cooked in a Leopalace that doesn’t have an oven. Well, it will be interesting.
The turkey joined us for a nice dinner in the shopping center. Actually, it was a pretty disgusting dinner (I think there were flakes of tuna on my pizza), but that doesn’t sound as nice.
Turkey’s first train ride.
I had this horrible vision of the train suddenly braking and the turkey turning into a frozen projectile.
Here’s Turkey with a poster of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.
What’s the best way to defrost a turkey? How about cuddling?
So far, urban Thanksgivings are weird, weird, weird!
More to come as Thanksgiving draws nearer!