2019 Village Culture Festival

If I could sum up the month of November in Japan in two topics it would be kouyou (fall colors) and culture festivals. Though the kouyou has yet to arrive, there are always a couple fun festivals held this time of the month! Culture Festivals in Japan are pretty much a good excuse for everyone…

Totsukawa Summer Festival 2017: Fureai Monogatari

It’s crazy to think that this is our third year attending our village’s biggest festival of the summer. I still remember vividly our first year: a roughly-one-hour walk through the rain to the venue. And last year, I got to try on a yukata for the first time! The tradition continues this year…

My First Year of Flower Arrangement (Part 3: Winter 2017)

I have officially finished a full school year of flower arrangement courses! 😀 This school year felt like it came and went as quickly as cherry blossom season- incredibly quick yet memorable. I know I always say this, but I am so grateful to be a part of an amazing club. The girls are wonderful,…

2017 Totsukawa Ekiden!

It’s the start of the new school semester!! It felt like my winter break was too short… After I came back to work, I immediately felt the stresses of some upcoming events: the 63rd annual Totsukawa Ekiden, and a 10-minute speech that I was to prepare and present in Japanese in front of the entire school….

My First Year of Flower Arrangement (Part 2: Fall 2016)

Here they are! My completed pieces from fall semester’s flower arrangement club. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend around five of the eight meeting times… Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to next year! Can’t wait to see what other flowers and techniques we’ll be working with. 🙂

Totsukawa Culture Festival 2016

It’s November already?! The trees here are starting to change colors… Whenever I go out on my morning jog, I notice patches of yellow, orange, and red hues all along the mountain sides. It’s really pretty… Hopefully we’ll be able to get some pictures of the kouyou (autumn foliage) before they disappear. There are two…

My First Year of Flower Arrangement (Part 1: Spring-Summer 2016)

Back in April, which is the start of the school year in Japan, I decided that I wanted to join my high school’s flower arrangement club. I figured, I wanted to somehow get a little more involved with my school while also discovering a new interest- I can honestly say that joining the flower arrangement…

Totsukawa Summer Festival: Furusato Monogatari (A Hometown Tale)

On the last day of Obon week, a very special event was held at Hotel Subaru, a 10 minute drive away from our apartment. If you remember my post from last year, Trevor and I had to walk to Hotel Subaru to attend our very first summer festival. This year however, was a little different….

ShinTotsukawa Limited Edition Goods

A couple weeks into August is the start of Obon, a holiday for many Japanese who return home to their hometowns for about a week or so. During Obon, it is believed that ancestors who have already passed on return for the duration of the holiday. Thus, many go home to visit their families and…