Posted in 2016, Photo Journal



I’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting too much about myself as of late. I’ve been talking mostly about things I’ve seen or places I’ve been. I haven’t said too much on how I feel.


I think that’s because I have very little to say. Work has been fine for the most part. I still go out with friends or by myself. I do housework.

I think I expected the experience of living in Japan to be a bit more novel. While a lot of people I know think that everything is so new or strange,  I just see it as everyday life, just speaking a different language.

Last night, while chatting with some coworkers after work, I think I might understand now why I feel this way. A lot of my coworkers speak and understand minimal Japanese, so [they said that] they fill in the blanks with their imaginations. So, everything has a story or deeper meaning to it. I don’t do that. They see a sign and guess what mystical wonderful thing its for. I see a sign saying Grilled Meat, beer 50% off.


That isn’t to say I’m unhappy here or upset at being literate, because I’m not. I’m much more contdnt here that I ever was back home.

I just wish sometimes I felt that same sense of wonder as they do.

Posted in 2016, Photo Journal

Fujisan and Lake Biwa


If you ever have a chance to visit Yamanashi, I would recommend that you do. The area has a lot to see, things to do, and foods to eat. Also, if wine is your thing, I’m told that it is one of the things Yamanashi is known for. As I am unable to drink, I will never know for sure, so I am relying on the opinions of others.


Posted in 2016, Photo Journal

Morning, Glory!


So, we’ve been handing out a ton of student satisfaction surveys at work recently. They are pretty straight forward, asking students how they feel about their classes, their teachers, and the general atmosphere of the school. It’s set up like the standardized tests back home, with students filling in a bubble on a sheet, with a pencil. There are also sections where students are to write messages to the staff and teacherd. They then put it in a sealed box to be reviewed later.

To be honest, it has me nervous.

Posted in 2016, Photo Journal

Orange You Glad?


This pretty little thing lives in front of one of the neighbouring apartment complexes between my place and the local conveyor belt sushi joint. I was on my way home from stuffing myself full of salmon and tuna rolls when the bright orange caught my eye.

Posted in 2016, Photo Journal

Spider Lilies


They say these are not flowers you want for a gift. I’ve heard that they are connected to death (besides being poison should they be eaten) since they are usually around temples and cemeteries. At the same time, they are said to mean “I hope to see you  again.”

Right now, there are blooming in abundance. I see them where ever I go, though not really on land that is owned or tended to. They appear on the grassy edges of sidewalks and between people’s houses. Personally, I think they are really pretty, and wouldn’t mind having them in the house… if I weren’t so very allergic to anything in the lily family.

Posted in 2016, Photo Journal



I went to Yamanashi yesterday with some friends. One of the places we visited was a large garden where you could see Mount Fuji.


We had gone there in search of lunch, but there was only a souvenir shop, an ice cream stand, and an all you can eat tomato restaurant. While I do love Yamanashi tomatos (they are some of the best in the country), a lunch they do not make.


We ended up driving a bit more before we found a good place to stop and eat. It was a rest stop at the floot of the mountain we visited. We all got different things and ate together outside. I had inarizushi (seasoned rice stuffed into fried tofu), while my friends got a dora burger (a fish and beef patty in a dorayaki bun), some assorted rice balls, and a few pastries. We washed it all down with tea and fresh squeezed fruit juice.


All in all, it was a really great trip.