13 Things My Dad Would Have Loved About Japan

October 24th marks the day when my Dad passed away. To this day, he’s been gone for 4 years. I miss him immensely every day. He was my biggest supporter with me coming to Japan, and to live here and not be able to show him how my life has been hurts. I wish he was here to experience Japan for himself because I know there would have been many things he would like. Here’s a list of things he would have loved about Japan: Continue reading

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Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 at DELASOUL CHARBON

Are you nostalgic for 90’s anime classics like Cardcaptors, Cowboy Bebop, Yu Yu Hakusho, or Sailor Moon like I am? I’m not afraid to admit that these were the series that I thrived on growing up. Those titles will always hold a special place in my heart- they are the classics that made my childhood!!

Which is why, like with the Cardcaptor Sakura cafe I visited with Trevor last year in August, I knew I had to try and visit the Sailor Moon Cafe in Osaka at some point before it closes. Continue reading

10 Things from July

Ermergerd. I have officially started my third year as an ALT.

In some ways, it doesn’t even feel like that amount of time has already passed. By day, the hours seem to drag on (especially around this time of the year when classes aren’t in session) but overall, two years have passed since Trevor and I have left Minnesota.

I was looking through some of my older blog posts, in particular the one about our New Years in Hongu. I had written some goals that I hoped to achieve and looking back… well, let’s just say the whole goal thing fizzled miserably 😦 But I don’t want to wait again until January to “start again”- it would just feel like an endless cycle. I admit I’ve been slacking on exercising but have just recently started again, forcing myself to wake up early to go out on my morning jog when I can. I also haven’t been doing my “two blog posts a month” that I had originally intended on doing, but (hopefully) that’s going to change with this post.

There’s been tons of things (though mostly small) that Trevor and I have been up to that I’ve been neglecting to let my family and friends know. So from here on, I would like to introduce a sort of Monthly Update, beginning with this post. Just a short highlight, ten things we’ve been up to (big or small) in that month.

So without further ado… 10 things from July!  Continue reading

Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Taisha

Maybe you didn’t notice, but on our Japan Bucket List, visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto was crossed off. Most of the bullets on that list will have a link directing you to a correlating blog post I wrote, but I didn’t write a particular post about Fushimi Inari Taisha. We actually went to Kyoto last year in November, a short day trip which we ended up spending with some new friends that Trevor made while I was at a business trip. (We hope to visit you in Switzerland soon Elena and Max!!! <3) Continue reading

Long time, no update?!

Hisashiburi! That pretty much means “long time no see.” I’ve been hearing a lot of that lately from my students and teachers alike.

That’s because earlier this week, Trevor and I arrived back to the village after being away for a month to be in the States- specifically, our hometown in Minnesota. Suffice to say, that trip back home was amazing. It felt so great to be back home after almost two years in mountain land.

There’s been quite a bit going on after my last post which was… back in early March? Dang. Slackin’ much.

But for the time being, I wanted to do a very quick and brief update- on this blog’s “About” page, I added a link to a… YouTube page!!!

***My husband Trevor is currently making videos here and there, documenting some of the things we are doing during our time here in Japan. If you are at all curious about some of the shenanigans we do, check out his page here! And be sure to subscribe for more videos in the future!***

Trevor’s currently working on a lot of clips he took while we were back in Minnesota. But last night, he put together a quick video of us making Umeshu, or Japanese plum liquor. Check it out!

What would you like to see in future videos? If it’s anything about Japanese school life… Unfortunately because of privacy reasons, it’s highly unlikely that we can get any clips or recording involving students.

Let us know!! Particular things around the Kansai area would work best 😉

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Here’s a random picture of cherry blossoms Trevor took while we were in Kashihara to make up for not having a post about spring… ;_;

Yellowcard Final World Tour Concert in Osaka, Japan!

Happy March!!!

Wow, March already?! Yesterday was my high school’s graduation ceremony. I was running on three and a half hours of sleep. Needless to say, it was a struggle to stay awake. But the lack of sleep was so worth it because Trevor and I got to see one of our favorite bands Yellowcard play one last time in Osaka. Last year, Yellowcard announced that they would be disbanding 😦 Upon hearing that, we knew we had to see them one more time. This would also give us the opportunity to experience what a rock concert in Japan would be like… Continue reading