Around the World in 80 Books

In 2017 I decided to set a reading challenge for myself to read 52 books, at least half by women authors and at least half by non-US or non-white authors. I realized the majority of books I read in 2016 were by authors who were white, male, and from the US. To be honest, I…

Where have I been??

I know all my die-hard fans out there have been wondering what the heck has happened to their favorite blog. Well…in short, a lot! I made the move from Japan to my hometown briefly, and then to New York. I never wrote about a lot of really great things that I did in my last…

Product placement #20–Avocado and Cheese Jagariko

There’s about a million things I should be writing about other than avocado flavored sticks (like my trip to Taipei, Takayama & Toyama, various goodbye parties I’ve had, etc…) but this is easy! And in the end, easy is better, right??! First of all, when I saw this guy in the store I thought it…

See you next later!

“See you next later!”–That’s what one of my students just said to me as he left the staff room after “cleaning time” today. It reminded me of the fact that I’m going to be hearing lots of goodbyes very soon. In exactly one month from today I will leave Japan after being here for two…

Taipei: Pet city?

I know whenever anyone hears¬† “Taipei” they automatically think about pets, right?? No? Well, you should. Because Taipei is Pet City in my book.¬† Everywhere I looked there were cozy kitties lounging or carefree pups strolling. (And these pictures don’t even come close to covering the amount of cats and dogs I actually saw.) The…

Pit stop in Shizuoka

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Shizuoka, a prefecture not too far from my own. But with my time in Japan winding down, and seriously high shinkansen (bullet train) ticket prices, I really didn’t think I would make it there. However, as I mentioned in my last post about shibori, I recently went…

Japanese Shibori

For a while, I had been seeing this beautiful indigo blue and white fabric all over the internet, on blogs and pinterest, on online shopping sites. I loved it instantly–it was like a sophisticated version of tie-dye.   I did a quick google search to discover the name of the style, and learned it’s called…

Product Placement #19–Mimi choco bar

It should come as no surprise to my most avid followers that I once again purchased a treat based on nothing but the cuteness factor. So here’s the latest installment, the “Mimi Choco Bar.” Mimi means ears, and you can see in the logo how the “M” in Mimi actually creates the ears of the…

What they’ve said to me lately

I just thought I’d do a quick update about some funny things kids have said to me lately. At an English camp I volunteered at for elementary school kids, the students in my group were asking the volunteers questions about their home countries. Here’s how one conversation went: Student: I heard there are many fat…

Off to Okinawa

I was so excited to go to Okinawa during Golden Week this year. My time in Japan is winding down, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it there or not. BUT I DID!!!!! And it was amazing. My friend Faye and I had a great time on some amazing beaches in…