Saturday, August 10, 2013

Go! Go!

As my fifth year really starts ramping up, I tend to find myself trying to constantly SEIZE THE DAY!

I'm getting a little tired! But tomorrow I'm off to one of my favorite festivals. Two years ago, townspeople tried to do sumo in a pool of soap!

Well, I better get some good rest for all this day seizing!

Friday, August 9, 2013


These melons cost almost $60

I wonder if they are delicious

The little ones are over $12

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Look! My first zucchini and cucumber! I was so surprised when I found a whole zucchini growing in the garden. The cucumber has been growing for a while, and just getting goofier. I'm going to eat the cucumber for lunch and have the zucchini when my friend comes for dinner tonight.

I couldn't stop saying Wow! Wow! when I harvested the zucchini. Clearly, I am a child of modernity. :-)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Final contract ceremony day

At 9:00, everyone stood up and moved to the perimeter of the office. I walked to the middle and waited. One of the high bosses came out and stood at the front of the room. He read off my new job certificate and then handed it to me as we bowed.

I try to bow "like a rice stalk in the wind," but I'm never quite sure how it works out.

Anyway, I received the paper and then moved to the side and turned to face my coworkers. I gave a little speech about how the past four years had been fun and thank you, how the Soua students were great, and how I will do my best this year.

In a way, it was both bittersweet and exciting. The year is already off to a good start, and it's only going to get better.

Everyone clapped, and we all sat down and shed our suit jackets.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Yesterday and a little bit today, Wakkanai had a festival to celebrate the ties between Wakkanai and the South Pole. (^o^)

Yesterday, lots of businesses and groups danced around the center of the city. They wore all kinds of interesting costumes. Some groups were quite good, and a few looked like they were a bit forced to be there.

A few of us Westerners dressed up in yukata (like kimono, but for summer) for the festival. I thought it was going to be really embarrassing, but it wasn't bad. It was kind of fun!

We also had fun taking cute purikura pictures and playing a taiko drum game.