Greatest hits 4/23-4/29

I ate one of my favorite Japanese snacks, Taiyaki. I found a chocolate chip cookie! It wasn’t great… I went to a restaurant with monkeys… …and a really nice flower park… ..and I ate gyoza in Tochigi, the best place for gyoza in Japan… …and also some other delicious Japanese treat that I can’t remember…

The Yamathon

I’m not doing a greatest hits this week because the greatest thing I did was participate in the Yamathon on Saturday. The Yamathon is a walking marathon for charity. The key element is walking around the entire Yamanote train line, which essentially circles Tokyo. It’s around 4okms (~25 miles). Check out the webpage here for…

Greatest hits 3/19-3/25

This week my students were working on their penpal letters. I had them write a letter, and then on the back of it describe their favorite place in Japan. Some turned out really beautiful: Some were funny (this student wrote about our city as the best place to visit): Some were just funny (Family Mart…

I didn’t know I liked you…

I didn’t know I liked you, Engrish. Before, I would become incredibly annoyed by simple errors in English (well, I still do become annoyed when it’s native English speakers in question), but now I love your tiny mistakes and endearing mix-ups. Your yours and theres and ls and rs in the wrong places, your flowery…

Greatest hits 3/12-3/18

1. It’s been a windy week! 2. This weekend I went to Harajuku to see the St. Patrick’s Day parade. This is a shot of Takeshita Dori, the most famous street in Harajuku. It’s always incredibly busy on weekends but it was even more so this weekend. 3. My friend sent me a text with…

I Doll

Last Sunday my friend Natalie and I ventured into Tokyo to do something a little out of the ordinary–we went to a doll show, called I Doll, which is held a few times a year in Tokyo. Learn more about it here (Japanese only!) We didn’t know what to expect, really. I had seen some…

I’ll have one Americano Shorthair, please.

Cat Cafe. No, it’s not a place for cats to drink tea. (But if you love that idea, you might want to buy this painting from Etsy here.) And it’s also not a place to EAT cats, as some insensitive people I know suggested… In reality, a Cat CafĂ© is just a place to enjoy…

Did you know Japan likes cute things?

Maybe you’ve never heard of Japan. That might be why you didn’t know Japan likes cute things. I also like cute things, so Japan and I have been getting along quite well so far. One of the cutest places I’ve been so far is KiddyLand, which is a toy store that has basically every cute…

Trip to Asakusa

Pictures from my delightful foray into a very traditional part of Tokyo.