Working on Christmas

Working on Christmas wasn’t too bad this year. On Christmas Eve my coworkers and I had a lovely lunch of chicken, pizza and salad. On Christmas Day, another coworker brought in some cake for everyone to enjoy. When I lived in the States, I couldn’t imagine working on Christmas Day, but after living abroad and […]

Happy Hina Matsuri

It’s Hina Matsuri (aka Girls’ Day) here in Japan and the station nearest my current assignment is displaying a pair of traditional dolls. The city is also holding an exhibition of similar dolls until the 10th of March.

More Decorations

At the JR Gate Towers building in Nagoya, the holiday decorations are already starting to be put up.  There are small christmas trees everywhere with pretty flower arrangements nearby. The trees in front of the station are also covered in lights. The big tree in the main hall hasn’t gone up yet, but I guess […]

Children’s Day

Yesterday was a national holiday called Children’s Day. I met up with some friends for sightseeing in Gamagori, Nishio, and Handa. We visited an island with a Shinto shrine on it, a miso factory, a vinegar museum, a tea house, and a costco. It was pretty fun.

Almost Christmas

I’ve been counting down the days until Christmas since last week. I don’t really have any concrete plans, save for hanging out with mom and some cat sitting, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m looking forward to a quiet holiday and a few days off. Today, my boss gave me a Christmas present of tea […]

Glow

The lights are back. The front of our apartment complex is covered in lights of varying sizes and colors. It looks fantastic at night, when I get home from work. It really improves my mood and cuts some of the winter-evening gloom caused by the sun setting at 4:30.

Rest Ye Well Merry

“Merry Christmas” in advance to those who celebrate and “I hope you have a good couple of days” to those who don’t. May this time be filled with good food, a warm (for those in the North, like me) or cool (if you’re South) house, and happiness in whatever you do. I’m going to enjoy […]