Long ago in a kitchen far away... Actually my first memory of baking was royally messing up a cookie recipe. I had confused baking powder and baking soda and the resulting cookies were inedible. Despite what my parents said. I wish I could say that was the last time I made that error but... Moving … Continue reading Ventures in Cooking episode 1
One of the great things about living in a big city is that there is always something to do. I am forever amazed when people tell me there is nothing to do in their city. (I hear this aaaaall the time about Nagoya) Until you have lived in a town of 3,000 people where the … Continue reading Wanderlust
The Atsuta Shrine is said to enshire the "Five Gods of Atsuta" and it houses one of the three great relics of Japanese history: Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (grass cutting sword). I visited this shrine several weeks ago but had to wait until I could research the Shinto religion a bit before posting. My knowledge is limited (to … Continue reading Atsuta Shrine
Living in another country is an amazing experience. You learn about the world, people, and yourself. You get to see fat away places and eat incredible food. Sounds amazing. The problem is... its still life. You most likely have a job. You have to buy groceries. Pay bills. Go to the post office. But now, … Continue reading When living abroad isn’t a vacation…
Fun fact: Japan gets movies sooooo much later than America. I'm a huge marvel fan and have been looking forward to the new Spider-Man movie for at least six months. Then I found out it was being released in America July 4th... when did I leave for Japan? June 31st. That's cool. I'm sure I … Continue reading The silent theater
One of the great things about living in Japan is how easy it is to travel to new countries. So, for my first week long vacation I spent five days in South Korea. It was awesome. My first day we walked around the Hongdae area, mainly with the intent on going to a meetkat cafe. … Continue reading Japanda goes to Korea
Every year Nagoya hosts the finals for the World Cosplay Summit. During this week long event people from all over the world come to Nagoya to compete with their creations. Today part of the fun was a cosplay parade through the Osu shopping arcade. Osu and the nearby Kannon temple are worth their own post … Continue reading World Cosplay Summit
I didn't post last week because I didn't really do anything super exciting... I explored my new city and got super confused by a train system and played the increasingly popular game of "Is This My Train?" I never actually got lost so I guess I'm the big winner. I always knew exactly where I … Continue reading One month in… and I haven’t gotten lost!
Marine day is a national holiday that celebrates the ocean and its influence on Japan. I, and thousands of my closest friends, flooded the streets of the Nagoya Port for food, parades, fireworks, and zero personal space. Seriously. No personal space. We were probably half a mile from the fireworks and we were … Continue reading Happy Marine day!
I have officially been in Japan two weeks. And what a two weeks! I have mostly been busy with training for my job and generally trying to survive in a foreign country with next to no Japanese skills. (More on that when I have gathered a conglomeration of embarrassing stories). Though I haven't had a … Continue reading My first shrine visit