Magnolias

Near the branch office I’m currently assigned to, there’s a really good artisan noodle restaurant, where you can create a custom bowl of kishimen. Kishimen is a local specialty, which is like a thinner version of udon. Outside the shop is an outdoor seating area with a couple of potted magnolia trees. The trees themselves […]

First Week– Done!

Finished my first week of working in Gifu Prefecture. Tomorrow I have some plans to go to a cherry blossom festival with some coworkers. Then, Monday, I’ll meet some friends to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. Somewhere in there I need to remember to do my laundry…

Tiny White Flowers

This week has been a difficult one for a wide array of reasons. So, instead of going straight into work this morning, I decided to have a snack outside the train station. My little break was all of ten minutes, but it helped a bit. I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve been feeling especially […]

An Attempt was Made

Monday, I bought a couple of flowers on my way home from the phone shop. Having a little cash this month, and needing a change, I picked out two chrysanthemums and a cheap bunch of filler leaves. I had an idea of what I wanted, but no actual experience handling flowers. I only had a […]

Remember to take a breath.

This year has been a bit on the difficult side so far. So far I’ve had a serious lung infection, an allergic reaction to a common antibiotic, injured a tendon in my foot, and have come down with a nasty eye infection this week. It makes me want to bang my head against a wall, […]

T-Minus 37.5 Hours

I will be moving out of my apartment in Anjo in about 37.5 hours. In that time, I still need to finish packing, finish cleaning, get the key from the Leopalace office in Nagoya, call the gas company, run a few personal errands, order new furnature,  and try to find a couple of hours of […]