The Black Sand Beaches of Miho

There was a national holiday last Thursday, so I decided to take a ferry to Miho in Shizuoka. The place is famous for its beaches and a beautiful view of Mount Fuji if the weather is good. As the day went on, I found myself getting overly warm and ended up taking several quick dips […]

Splash splash

Today was a good day to visit the beach, so I did. The sea got a bit choppy in the afternoon, which meant for some great waves, much to the kids’ delight.

Takashima Island

In Gamagori there is an island, just off shore, housing a collection of old Shinto Shrines. It’s a small island, not even a mile across. Besides the shrines, there are beaches around the outer edge of the island which are known for their shellfish. After paying respects at the various shrines, it’s a quick walk […]

A Little Bit like Glitter

I’ve been working on an essay about myself, for a job application. It’s been slow going, but I’m trying to get it done as soon as I can. As I’ve said in my last post, it feels like my job status may be changing in the next few months, so I should probably work on […]

Creating Waves

The last two weeks have certainly been an experience. I have been hesitant to speak of it before now, but things seem to be settling down somewhat. You see, my department at work has been going though some… restructuring. It has caused me to do some thinking (a lot of thinking, actually) about my future. […]


Today is a friend’s birthday. It’s been a long time since I last seen her (she returned to Japan in 2010), but I still think of her whenever this time of the year rolls around. For the past few years, I have seen her grow from a shy high school student to a confident young […]


The weather’s really dropped recently. It’s even colder by the water, what with all the mist in the air. Highly unpleasant in the mornings, but good for waking a person up, which is something I need. I’m a zombie most mornings.


Have I ever told you about the time I worked in a sushi restaurant? I probably mentioned it in passing, but I wonder if I ever shared my story of how I put too much thought into the Japanese word for Wednesday. You see, the word is 水曜日 or su-ee-yoh-bee. The first character means water. […]

On the Shore

The new job is going well, though it’s taken some time to get used to. The first few days left me absolutely knackered, hence my lack of updates. My schedule is vastly different from when I worked at the school (I go to bed much earlier now), but it hasn’t been all bad. The commute […]