You Were Quite The Fiend, 2016

-just need pics- The year is coming to a close here and you can feel it in the air! People are madmen walking around with last minute errands, stores (and the banks, curse them) are closed-closed-closed and in-house preparations are aplenty. I woke up this morning to the delightful process of making mochi. Or at the…

I’ve Found My Prince

Have you ever done a favor for a friend? Getting mail, writing an email, perhaps going to their flower arranging lesson because they didn’t want to murder cut flowers for a pretty New Years arrangement? If you’ve done that last one then you would be me, and probably only me. Ah, today I woke up…

Chasing Dreams and Magazines

I think I’m in a perpetual state of semi-sickness since last week, since I woke up in the afternoon and still felt crappy. Okaa-san had prepped guacamole toast and chocolate croissants though, so it was a pretty good pick-me-up as far as mornings go. The roll cakes she’d bought didn’t hurt either. I had no…

The Food’s On Fire And So Is My Heart

Out and about in Osaka today – what a change to my slow-paced, mostly lazy days since break! I had to get up at 8:30 to meet up with Steph and Lizzie and oh was it difficult. I managed though, and the 3 of us made it to Osaka by about 11:30. Although I was…

Thoughts On Kyoto: Part 6

Not much was accomplished today. I had katsudon, inspired partly by my love of tonkatsu and partly by it being a beautiful part of Yuri On Ice. It was banging and so was the shu cream (a popover-puff filled with custard) we had for dessert. I love the food here so much. Now for the thoughts part, which I…

So Long, SMAP

Japan is officially my home no longer. At least, not on paper. Today I had the displeasure of going to the Ward Office to submit my notice of moving out, turn over my health care and generally struggle to understand what the heck I was doing to say ‘sayonara‘ legally. And you know, I still…

Happy Haori Holidays!!!

For those who celebrate Christmas, do you remember the childhood wonder of the day? Waking up at an ungodly hour and running to your guardian(s), begging them to haul ass out of bed and running to a pile of presents? Not today my friends. My adult self hit the hay when mini-me would’ve been waking…

Christmas Eve On Ice

Not really – it still hasn’t hit below freezing in Kyoto, much to my dismay (sigh). However, what has hit is Yuri On Ice in stores!!! I know, it seems like I’m obsessed, and it’s because I am. It’s just such a sweet, wholesome inspiring show about finding yourself and passion and all types of love…

Liz Has A Late Start

I think I was sick yesterday since I went to bed with a burning forehead/body and couldn’t get up this morning. Yay for the ability to sleep-in. Once I finally dragged my butt out of bed it was almost 1 in the afternoon and I could barely eat. I blame the beauty of Yuri On Ice…

Trying My Hand At Tea Ceremony

As a fan of matcha and tea things, tea ceremony comes up often enough at the house. Okaa-san has been telling me about her tea ceremony sensei and her own skizzles for quite a while, but nothing had come of it until today. On this fine Thursday her sensei happened to be free, with one…

Crushing It At Karaoke

Today was the Toji flea market! I’ve only gotten to go once, since it normally clashed with my classes, and the time I did go it was drizzly and everyone packed up early. Not this time. I made it over easy-peasy and while I probably didn’t manage to see everything because once you get in it’s…

Bye-Bye Eikaiwa!

How late can I wake up before my host family looses respect for me? Let’s find out. 11, 12, 1 . . . yup, still not there. Today was a 1 o’clock debut for me showing up in the kitchen, where okaa-san left me my first bento *squee*. It’s okay, otou-san has a cold so…