Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Last day of Fall 2016!

So, it's been a little while, and a few things have happened. And here we are at the end of the fall contract! My new contract starts tomorrow, and I'm heading to Tokyo for orientation.

Spring is almost here! It's still pretty chilly, but things are starting to bloom. Just barely starting!

This spot is going to be so pretty in a few days! I hope I can find it again.

Little white flowers blooming.

These trees have been blooming all over Nagoya. 

The trees along the Yamazaki River are so close to bursting into bloom.

Look at those buds!

Hello, blossom!

 A few were popping out along the river.

 I love the trunk blossoms.

Well, I'm sure more blossom pictures will be coming soon as we head into flower season! I'm definitely looking forward to some warmer weather and being able to enjoy the outdoors again!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Here's another blizzard of pictures from December 30 to New Year's Day

Here come a ton of pix from the train ride from Horonobe to Sapporo (2:30 to 8:30)




  Train change!

Adventure toilet!

 Finally! Tomoko! If I look exhausted, it's because I am!

The next day, we wandered around Sapporo

 Bye, trolley!

Hi, snow!

 Watercolor sky
 I went to Hokkaido Orientation here!

New Year's Eve dinner! Steamed egg custard, sushi, and soba

 Tomoko and I rang in the New Year with a TV countdown and a phone call to the US. That was fun!

 Early the next morning, we went to see the first sunrise. I don't know why I took this selfie! Exhaustion?

It was cloudy, so we couldn't see much. But it was a fun party!

Look at the reflection!

New Year's Day dinner - a traditional Japanese meal called osechi

Everybody squished in to one pic!

A traditional soup called ozoni - yum!

Dessert shaped like a chicken (this is the year of the rooster)

I'm not sure why I felt disgusted enough with this pile of snow to take this selfie

Yay! Meeting another friend!

When I can, I'll try to send the next chunk!