View from Gifu Tower 43

I recently had some free time, so I hopped on a train to Gifu. Since coming to Japan, I have never been to Gifu City, though I have worked in several schools in the prefecture. I thought it was time to remedy that.   The train ride was pretty short, since I took a rapid […]

Flowers in Monochrome

Someone set flowers out in the break room recently. I have no idea who did it, but going by the tables of matching ¬†vases, I can only assume it was one of the cleaning ladys. They are all older than Mathusela and very sweet (especially if you are polite to them). Most people here tend […]

The Wild Derpfish

Last weekend I went to a garden with a large pond filled with Koi. For 100 yen, visitors could buy a cup of pellets to feed to the fish. The koi are actually really keen on people, since they associate them with food. Even if you don’t have food, they still come to the water’s […]

Return to the Cat Cafe

After months, I finally went back to that cat cafe I visited earlier this year. I found out recently that it had been closed for a bit due to renovations. It’s now a bit bigger with three cat rooms and a handful of new furry faces. The staff was lovely as always and I made […]

Stone Murals in Okazaki

Last week, I had an an assignment in Okazaki. I took the JR Toukaidou Line. The station is about thirty minutes from Nagoya. After exiting the station, I found a large plaza with these interesting stone inlays in the sidewalk. Okazaki has a lot of history so I’m not too surprised. When I went to […]

White like Snow

The weather has been pretty great recently. With the exception of a bit of rain, the days have been rather warm. Many Japanese people are super proud of their distinct four seasons, and it seems for good reason.