Archive for the 'life' Category

sanda ikimasho!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

yes, i’m off to visit the old host family tomorrow (tonight, i guess)! i can’t wait to see them all – especially the little girls. i’ll be back sunday night.

weather fyi

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

I’ve had at least 3 people email to rub in Toronto’s fantastic weather. Don’t get so smug. Last week it was over 20 here and we were running around in T-shirts. So, yeah!

i did it

Monday, March 13th, 2006

i got a Canon IXY Digital 60 (i think it’s equivalent to an SD450) after lots of soul searching and talking with friends i decided to stick with canon. i know we’ll have a long and happy life together. i nearly delayed a few more days*, but Amanda helped me make the plunge. her slogan […]

the weather in japan

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

i was looking at some weather sites, trying to find one that told me what i wanted to hear about tomorrow’s weather, when i noticed this:     these are images from the JAL website. i find the 1st and 4th pretty clear, but i’m not sure what distinguishes between needing a folding umbrella and a […]

sushi magic

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

chad and i frequent the 100 yen kaiten sushi place that i’ve mentioned (and photographed) before. thursday we went for lunch, and where we sat offered a different perspective on the sushi making process there: he’s making gunkan-maki here, but the same machine is used for nigiri sushi.


Saturday, March 11th, 2006

That’s japanese for Slip Ups. In Japan you are frequently taking your shoes on and off. In restaurants, it’s not uncommon to sit and eat on a raised platform covered in tatami mats. You eat in socks. When I go into schools they make us put on slippers(the kids themselves have indoor shoes). In japanese […]

camera woes

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

i’m putting this here in writing so you can all hold me to it: I will buy a new digital camera by next tuesday. yes, last week i dropped mine, and now there’s a piece of tape holding the memory card’s cover closed. if that’s not a sign that it’s time, i don’t know what […]

ume, umy!

Monday, March 6th, 2006

actually, ume is pronounced ooo-meh – but i still like the title. anyway, this weekend we went to Ayako’s home town of Saga to celebrate the plum festival called “ume matsuri”. this festival takes place at the nearby shrine that is up. we arrived in saga around 3 on saturday, and had missed that day’s […]

Girls’ Day Rocks

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Okay, so look what you eat on Girls’ Day – Hina Sushi! I was dying. I didn’t want to eat them and left them for last. We also ate Chawanmuchi but that wasn’t as exciting looking so I didn’t take pics.     


Friday, March 3rd, 2006

tuesday night chad and I travelled to Isahaya to see Deerhoof play. It was quite the adventure. I had read about the concert a week before on pitchfork and emailed the contact for the show. He told me that the show was sold out, but ended up getting us two tickets. Here are some highlights […]