Waterfalls and canyons

Last weekend my friend Faye and I went “canyoning,” through a company called Canyons. I’d previously done something similar to this in Puerto Rico, but that course was labeled as “rappelling.” Here I am with Nivi during our rappelling excursion in Puerto Rico: I absolutely loved the rappelling tour, and perhaps more importantly, I felt…

The Daruma doll

One of my favorite pieces of Japanese cultureĀ  is the Daruma doll. I don’t know that it’s made its way to Western culture yet, although I think I have seen a Daruma doll here and there at various Japanese restaurants. The more popular Japanese talisman seen in the US at least is the Maneki Neko…