お月見 (Moon Watching)

Last night was the night of the September Full Moon. In Japan, I am told there is a tradition of eating special rice cakes while admiring it. Since yesterday was such a special day, along with it being my last time seeing a certain elderly student, I was gifted with a box of the appropriate […]

Back Alley Matsusaka

I was sent to Matsusaka in Mie Prefecture for a couple of days this month. While there, I managed to do a tiny bit of exploring during my lunch break. There are many of these small alleys, lined with mom and pop restaurants. If I had more time, I would have liked to try them.

Down the Road, in the Rain

Jay, a coworker, suggested I go for a walk since we got out of work at a reasonable time for a change. He gave me directions for a shrine he thought interesting, but me being me got all turned around. Eventally, I found this.

A Proper Rainy Season

I think we’re going to get a proper rainy season this year. For the last few years, our Junes have been on the dry side in Aichi. This year, however, has been rather wet so far.

Gifu Station

My work often takes me through JR’s Gifu station as of late. I must admit that I find myself liking the layout and overall design of the station, even if I can’t really say the same for the rest of Gifu. The station features a huge courtyard and food court. The majority of the walkways […]

The View from atop Inuyama Castle

A few weekends ago, I went to a festival in Inuyama with some friends from work. During that time, we also visited Inuyama’s famous castle. The castle features a balcony at its top, from which you can enjoy an amazing view of the city below.

Gifu Cheerful Cherry Blossoms

It’s been surprisingly chilly out recently. The wind has also been rather blustery, adding to the chill. Because of this, this year’s blossoms are a bit late. Tokyo and other cities have reported that their trees started blossoming at the end of March. I hope ours do so soon.

Flowers at Lunch

This month has been a trying one. It’s the middle of the busy season in Japan, so we’ve been running around like chickens without heads. Today was my first slower day all month, since two of my lessons got canceled. It’s also my last week at my current assignment, so I wad given a little […]

Downtown Yokohama

Last weekend, the itch to travel was particularly strong, so I reserved a seat on a highway bus to Yokohama. It was my first time going so I wasn’t sure what to expect. My bus left Nagoya at 10:20 pm and arrived at 5:20 am the next morning. I didn’t sleep particularly well on the […]

Toyohashi Ogre Festival Display

There’s a new display near the ticket gates of Toyohashi station. It’s promoting a festival on February 10th and 11th. It’s called the Toyohashi Ogre Festival. According to the sign, it’s going to be held at Akumikanbeshinmeisha Shrine in Toyohashi. If it’s not too cold, maybe I’ll go.