Shaved Ice at a Tea House

Recently I visited a tea house in Kanayama. My assignment there had just ended (I’m a substitute teacher, so I go wherever I’m needed) and I figured why not visit the shop I pass everytime I work at that school. It was a hot day and there was a sign out front advertising shaved ices. […]

A Shrine in Inuyama

I recently tried going to Inuyama, to see a famous castle there. It’s said that the castle is about 500 years old, so liking old stuff, I jumped on a train and went. However, I didn’t factor the time it takes to get from Nagoya to Inuyama (Gifu, I think?), so it was closed by […]

Last Day of Training

Today was my last day of training. Tomorrow most of my groupmates leave for their respective schools and apartments, while I stay here for a bit longer since my main school is the same one we trained at. I’m going to miss everyone, but we are making plans to enjoy the holidays together.

First Leg Done

So, I’m about to depart from Detroit for Nagoya, on a 13 hour flight. I had a little time between flights so I explored the airport a little. There’s a candy red tram that runs from one end of the terminal to the other, so of course I had to ride it.


I went back down to the city last weekend to meet some friends. Instead of taking the subway, which takes just over an hour, I splurged and took Metro North. Since I live close enough to the Bronx, I can buy a special City Ticket, and save almost half the cost of a regular ticket. […]


I remember a wall in my great grandmother’s kitchen being made of this sort of tile. When I was little, I thought they were the most epic thing ever.

Of Stone

Last weekend I took a trip to the city just for the hell of it. I have an unlimited Metrocard this month, so I figured, why not? With it, I can take buses and the subway as much as I like, without having to worry about my budget. Because of that, I decided I would […]