On the last day of the office “Golden Week” holiday, I headed out with my friends/students to the city of Hamamatsu to take part in the festivities. There are 2 parts to the famous festival, the “kite fighting” out on the sand dunes and then the twilight/night parades with dozens of wooden “floats” which I think of more like huge, ornately decorated wagons. This festival … Continue reading Fighting Kites – Hamamatsu’s Festival
~~written 2 weeks ago~~ It’s been mentioned in the last few months that I planned on leaving Japan in the summer so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that I actually have a plane ticket and it’s really going to happen. And it is, in just over 6 short weeks I will be on a plane, halfway across the Pacific to be precise. What’s … Continue reading 6 weeks and counting…
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Our first stop was Nagahama Castle on the shores of Biwa-ko, Japan’s largest lake. The castle was built in 1574 but in 1615 after being captured by Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu it was dissembled and used in the construction of Hikone castle, further south on the coast. On our way to tiny Chikubu island in the middle of Lake Biwa – one of 8 most … Continue reading Chikubu shima (island)
Ok, so bagels are something that is difficult to find here in Japan… and why they used this in the name is a mystery, but I bought this pillow partially cause I was curious if it was comfortable and partially cause I almost collapsed in a fit of giggles when I was reading the package. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s pretty … Continue reading Weird & Wonderful Wednesdays
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In honor of my mother’s birthday today (Feb 1) I will write about another exciting day involving her – October 16th, 2011 – the day she arrived in Japan to “hang out” with me for a bit… Most of you probably know that my mom came to Japan, but maybe not all the details of how it all happened. First, I asked my boss if … Continue reading Kiki Sensei no Okasan comes to Japan!