You’re in panic mode! You just found out that your Mother and Mother-in-law are visiting… at the same time!! What do you do?!? First off, stop hyper-ventilating, that’s only going to help you pass out. Next, follow my two easy steps on how to survive this situation or rather, how to avoid it in the […]
It’s Summer, so I figured that this would be the perfect time to share a short video that I put together showing just how awesome skiing and riding can be in Hokkaido, even despite having unseasonably warm temperatures! Enjoy!
Below is a collection of some of the curious signs and Japanglish that I’ve encountered while being here in Japan. I will continue to add new images to this collection as I discover them, so be sure to check back soon!
I, like most American women (I think), am not exactly fond of getting buck naked in a changing room with other women and then proceeding to bathe with those same women in a shared bath. I’m not sure if growing up in the states is to blame for this, but I have a feeling if […]
Powder, crabs, ramen and beer. What do these things have in common? These are probably some of the best things about Hokkaido! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the geography on this side of the world (I was until I arrived here), Hokkaido is a pretty large island off of the northern coast […]
This photo was not taken while we were existing a concert, but rather a Super Viva Home (similar to Home Depot). These men and women are all over the major cities in Japan, maintaining traffic order in this cramped country. They may be only directing traffic, but they wear their uniforms well, take their jobs […]
After enjoying a delectable dinner with some friends, the six of us ventured down the street to visit one of Shoko’s favorite places, a “Neko Café” or as the Japanese would translate it in English, “Coffee House of Cat”, OR as I lovingly refer to it as, “The Cat Brothel”. Wait, what’s that? You’ve never […]
Something seemed odd to me the other day when I saw a stop light hung vertically, then it hit me, Japan is starting to look ‘normal’! I remember when I first got here, which wasn’t that long ago, how strange everything seemed… Horizontally hung street lights, driving on the lefthand side of the road in […]
… a lot has happened since my last blog entry, and here I thought I would post more frequently living in Japan and all. I guess not. Well, enough about my short-comings, let’s talk about all the fun I’ve been having, like my most recent adventure where I stripped down to my birthday suit and […]
Do you see all those little traffic lights? Those play a major role in the amount of traffic one experiences while driving in Japan. Seeing as I’m a “the glass is half full” kind of person, I think to myself as I stare into the brake lights ahead of me, “The traffic back home will […]
Back in June, our friends Danielle and Andy jumped on a jet-plane to spend 10 days here in Japan! They traveled between Tokyo and Kyoto and seemed to enjoy their stay very much! Mike and I were happy to accompany them to Hakone (which is where most of these clips were shot) for a long weekend! […]
We went out to dinner with an American, whom we had met at the climbing gym, and his wife last night. We had a great time and discovered we have even more in common beyond just climbing! We can’t wait to hang out again! Pictured above are Chicken hearts, and for those of you who […]
Last weekend we drove out to Ogawayama to check out the climbing scene. It was totally worth the nine hours of driving, $60 in tolls , $18 to camp for one night and not even a single completed climb! It’s nice just knowing such a beautiful place exists within driving distance! The absolutely amazing looking […]
Back in April Mike and I ventured off with a couple friends to Kawasaki to see the Kanamara Matsuri Festival. You may be thinking to yourself, “Hey, what’s the Kanamara Matsuri Festival?”, well, make sure there are no children in the room with you and click play to find out! 😉
This is my favorite way to order food in Japan. Pick an item, match it up to the button on the vending machine, put your money in, get your ticket and give it to the person behind the counter! Love it! No stumbling through ordering in Japanese required! 😀
Tia and I boarded a flight in Boston bound for Tokyo on Thursday, March 1st at 7:50am (Thomba was in the belly of the plane, poor kitty). We had a two and a half hour flight to Chicago, where Tia and I took advantage of our 2 hour layover by stretching our legs and having […]