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…

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…

In a world of my own…

I couldn’t help but hum this song to myself while Faye and I wandered through Shibazakura Hill at Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu. Click here to see more lovely flowers!

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…