Saturday, June 7, 2014

A day in the wild

So today, some friends and I decided to meet, go to Toyotomi, and spend a chunk of the day in nature. 

When I got to my station, I discovered a surprise. My shoe has natural lighting!
I think it's time to say goodbye. 
Here comes the train!

When we got to Toyotomi, we gathered bikes and went to a cafe that served yummy mochi. Look at this cute door!
And delicious mochi!
After the mochi, we headed out on our bikes to the Sarobetsu plain. 
And we walked on a beautiful path through the wetlands. 
It was so nice and green and pretty. 
On the way back, we saw some cute cows. Toyotomi is famous for milk. 
We met up with a fourth ALT after our ride, and went down to the coast. There was an amazing line of light in front of Rishiri. 
It was a gorgeous evening, and the coast was so nice. 

We had dinner, chatted, hung out, and then the northern members of our little group headed off. The train ride home passed so quickly. 

It was a lovely Saturday. Good night!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


My current location - Horonobe Station
Last night at church, we all read 2 Chronicles 33. 

"Thus saith Sennacherib King of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege of Jerusalem? Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying The Lord our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?" He continues on this long rant against God, how he has defeated all these other nations and their gods. This king even wrote letters railing against God. His men tried to scare the people on the wall with noise. 

This year, I've been feeling in Israel's place a bit. I've heard a lot of railing voices inside. "Sure, you've had your fun. Well, that's over now! Who do you think you are, anyway?" 

"And for this cause, Hezekiah the king and Isaiah the son of Amoz prayed an cried to heaven. And the Lord sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria...Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side."

God didn't mess around! 

And if He could take out an army, I think He can handle my future - both the near future and the far future. 

It was a really nice reminder at a time when I needed it! Maybe you need it, too! I don't know. :-)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


I'm walking home from church on a chilly evening. Blogging while walking is not that simple. 

Although today was gorgeous, it was also on the cold side. I didn't mind! It also smells great right now - some plant or me. 

This is the only picture I took today. Apparently, I was entranced by the new mat in front of the coffee machine at Seicomart. My flowy skirt, bag, and favorite shoes also make cameos. 

Well, home now. 

Oh! After we said goodbye yesterday, I saw this:
It was a lovely sunset at Noshappu. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June Evening

It's just a city street. I walked down one bus stop since I am a few minutes early. 

How can I even describe the loveliness of this June evening?

As you can see, the sun is slowly making its way down. Ok, we are slowly turning away from the sun, if you want to be clear about it. The air is pleasantly cool, and the breeze tickles the back of my neck. It feels so good to be outside in an unzipped jacket. 

Here's the bus!

Looks like the usual suspects are on the bus this evening. Some older people, a stray student, a few young ladies, and the girl in the big white headphones. 

I'm never sure what to do on the bus. Should I read a book? Goof off with social media? Blog? Part of me always feels like I should soak in the ride. 

We just crossed the train tracks, and that area is quite green now. 

We are passing the first doc that I went to in Japan. Boy, that was a surprise. I couldn't believe the lack of privacy at the time. 

There's the coin laundry. It's a pain to get there, but handy when you have a laundry emergency. 

I can see a little peek of sea to the right. 

And the hospital. Ugh! Well, it's not that bad. After hours care is great! So cheap, too. But who wants to go to a hospital?

There's the city hall and my favorite udon shop. Mmm. For the udon, that is. 

Bye, gym! See you later!
Just a random pic. We are waiting at the station now. 

That blurry shop over there has great fruit. Expensive, but delicious! Sometimes, they have random Costco items. Like giant muffins. 

We just passed the bowling hall. Hey, if I bowl, does that make me a...oh, never mind. 

A bus just went by the other direction. The white-gloved drivers always wave to each other when the buses pass. 
Here is a failed shot of where I get my hair done. It's the building to the right. My right. Lol. 

There goes headphone girl. 

Somewhere around here is a delicious parfait shop. 

Well, this is a truck. 

Off the bus now and walking next to the SDF base. Maybe not the best thing to post a picture of. Hmm. 

Well, I'm going to walk and enjoy the evening now! Catch ya later!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Happy Monday

Ah, nothing like heading off to work looking like you had a slight encounter with a strangler. 

In other news, it is a gloriously gorgeous day. It's warm and the sun is shining. Clearly, I don't really need more sunshine, but I love it so!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Greetings from the far side

Just wandered around to the opposite side of Rebun. This is where I'm sitting as I write this. I've been enjoying the sunshine thoroughly!

This morning, my friend and I had a picnic by the sea!
This was our breakfast view. 
And our breakfast!
And a goofy selfie! It's hard to get a mountain selfie!

It's such a lovely day!


It's been 3 days, 3 ferries, and 3 different places to sleep! Where am I?

 Four, if you count this spot!

Rebun no hi

Rebun Day! 

Got up at 5 (after getting home after 10 the night before). Headed to the ferry terminal and forced my non-caffeinated self onto the ferry. 
It was crowded. 

Got to Rebun and untangled my tired legs. Met my island buddies, and we headed to the race. 

There were lots of people there. It was fun to see my island students, especially. 

I was running 3K with my teacher. The shorter the race, the longer the warmup, so I bounced around warming up. 

We were milling around the start area when the gun went off. Oh, better run. 

I realized three things when we started. 1. I was at the back of the pack. 
2. This was going to be a very short race. 
3. Running maybe one or two times this year left me woefully undertrained. 

I was determined to not finish last (once was enough), so I doggedly plowed along, feeling like a fool for entering a race without training. I always forget that deep down, I have a competitive streak. 

I also have a streak of ham, so I had fun smiling and waving at people. 

We turned at the 1.5K mark, and I was dismayed to discover that we had been running with the wind until the turn. Ugh!

I plowed on, and finished my 3K in 15:45. I was more than happy, especially to not be last. But I have to say, running a completely untrained 3K left me feeling about as tired as a trained 10K. I'm glad I did it, though. 

After the race, we got rice with sea urchin (a local specialty). 
And soup
Then, we had the closing ceremony
After that, we returned to school (where the teachers live)

I had a nap in the grass
And we had a barbecue!
We ate delicious octopus!
Now I'm sleeping at my friend's house, and it's almost midnight, so I have to post this quickly!