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

My Third Semester of Flower Arrangement (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, and my teacher is always so sweet and helpful.

Winter semester of flower arrangement felt short. We only did four pieces starting from when the students came back from their winter breaks in January. We ended early February since a messy schedule of testing, high school entrance exams, and preparation for graduation was approaching.

A small amount compared with first and second semester, but nonetheless, had a lot of fun doing each one. Here they are!
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Valentine’s Day 2017

Happy Post-Valentine’s Day!

Whether you spent it alone, with friends, or with a special someone, I think one of the best things about Valentine’s Day… is chocolate. I love chocolate. I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but I do like having an excuse to binge on chocolate treats and goodies. GIMME ALL THE CHOCOLATe.

I tried to do Valentine’s themed activities with my some of my classes… didn’t go so well. 😦 Oh well, now I know not to do it next year… Continue reading

Happy New Year 2017!

明けましておめでとうございます!

Happy New Year everyone! How is your 2017 going so far?

Do you have any New Years goals you want to accomplish? Though I didn’t start some of these at New Years, some of the things I still want to continue are…

  • jogging at least 3-4 times a week
  • eating less than 1500 calories everyday
  • follow a strict budget and meal plan
  • study, study more Japanese
  • write at least two blog posts every month

Thankfully I had a six day vacation from work a little before the New Year break. Unfortunately, Trevor and I had no where particularly special to go… but that’s okay because we (and especially me) had a very relaxing and quiet time at home. I admit I had a hard time forcing myself to go back to work on the Wednesday after break ended…

While we couldn’t go to Adventure World as we were intending to, we ended up deciding to go to Hongu, the closest town to Totsukawa on New Year’s day. My principal, hearing that I wasn’t really doing anything for New Year’s, told me that we can drop by Hongu since there will be some food stalls. Well… can’t say no to that right?

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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. I spent my entire first day back dedicating myself to typing up my speech in English and then translating the best I could to Japanese before passing it off to a very good friend who edited my crummy translations into a speech worthy of presenting. (Thank you so much again Eri!!) I then spent the rest of the week waiting for the inevitable… the Totsukawa Ekiden. Continue reading

An Owl Cafe in Nara?!

Did you know that Nara has an owl cafe? I always thought you could only find these kinds of themed cafes in the bigger cities like Osaka or Tokyo.

When my mom and cousin were here visiting, we all went to Owl Cafe Wata Wata (Nara’s first Owl Cafe!) together- until my cousin chickened out of seeing the owls. And if she wasn’t going in, my mom wasn’t either. Since we don’t come up to Nara city often, Trevor and I didn’t want to miss a chance at seeing owls up close and personal. Continue reading

Japan Bucket List!

Having lived in Japan for over a year now, there are a lot of things that Trevor and I have done, and a lot of things that we haven’t experienced yet that we would like to hopefully achieve one day. Since the New Year is coming up, I thought it would be a good idea to have this list up on the blog so that we can look back on it in the future. I’m sure there are plenty of things we want to try and do, but for now, here is the list! Continue reading

Cardcaptor Sakura Cafe in Tennoji, Osaka!!

When I was in elementary school, I loved Cardcaptors. Before I found out how horribly the dubbed version butchered the original Japanese series, I was always super excited to get home from school to watch whatever re-run episode aired on KidsWB (was that the channel or Toonami?) I remember as a child making my mom buy me the Cardcaptor Clow Cards set from Target, and reading the entire manga series on multiple occasions at my family friend, Christina’s house. Ahh… memories ❤

At the moment I saw that there was a Cardcaptor Sakura cafe opened in Osaka, I knew immediately, I needed to go. However, I also knew that I needed to be patient. We live almost 3 hours away from the central Osaka area, so I wasn’t going to be going anytime soon. Thankfully, I had a business trip up in Nara and Trevor told me that once work was done, we would go to the cafe. YAY!!! It was pretty good timing too, seeing as that the cafe was only going to be open for a certain amount of time. Double yay because since we went on a weekday, the place wasn’t as packed as what you would imagine it to be on a weekend. Continue reading