‘Til Next Time, Nihon

I’m sitting in the airport waiting to peace out of this country and I couldn’t feel more . . . floaty. Not in a pretty, fantastical way but the way that one feels when everything is just happening around you in a blur, and you’re the sole thing in focus on the camera. I’m still…

It’s All In The Gutter Now

It’s my last full day in Japan, and whew was it a whirlwind. Yesterday I came home and told okaa-san my tale of woe about not bowling, so okaa-san suggests that otou-san takes me bowling today. Naturally, we go. It was this random place, MK Bowling near Kamigamo Jinja that, were I at home in…

I’m A Mess With A Burnt Mouth

‘A different train wreck every day.‘ That’s what Lizzie called me once, and it’s not how I aspire to live my life but it happens anyways. Today was a great case in point; let the games begin. I was supposed to wake up at 8; I wanted to do laundry and be showered and hang…

All Along The Kamogawa

3 days left in Kyoto after this, and yet still so much to do! I went down to Kawaramachi Sanjo today, walking over since my teiki is all out. And wow, I can’t believe that I went all semester without walking along the Kamogawa! She’s so beautiful, and you can walk along the bank that’s dropped from…

So Many Stones

The days are really closing in and I’m feeling it. Luckily I have great friends here to spend those days with, which is how I ended up going out for Indian today with Lizzie and Steph.We finally found the place we were looking for, Ellora, and Lizzie and I still can’t believe that we missed…

A Day of Pets and Pork Goodness

Yesterday I was promised a Miao-chan awakening, and today it happened. Sort of. As it turns out Miao-chan makes a horrible alarm clock, entering my room and exploring long before even bothering to come over to my semi-sleeping form. When she did come over it was very sweet, with her pressing her soft, wet little…

I Am In 7 Levels Of Packing Hell

Ohaka mairi made its second debut (for me) today as we went to go honor okaa-san and otou-san’s deceased parents. It was a gorgeous, sunny day out and packed with people, but since the Goto family ohaka is at the top-most plot it was nice and quiet. The view was absolutely lovely looking out across Kyoto, and the…

Akemashite Omedetou!

2017, hello, pleased to be here! Today was the start of a new year, which meant that it was also the start of a 3-day feast of traditional Japanese food neither okaa-san nor otou-san really care for. This ended up being a combination of fun veggies, chicken, fish and a few shrimp. To be more…

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…