April: Onsen, Legoland Japan, and cherry blossoms!

April was probaly my second favorite month of this year! Spring was poppin’, cherry blosoms were poppin’, tuliups were poppin’. All of nature was dressed to the nines and ready to party. But the best reason that April was my second favorite month was because of Legoland. A new Legoland opened in Nagoya! As you… Continue reading April: Onsen, Legoland Japan, and cherry blossoms!


Shodo Kohai しょどこはいCalligraphy junior

  Everyday, I sit across from the sweetest person. She would always smile at me. This is proof that a smile transcends language barriers. So I’d say good morning in Japanese and she would always respond. Overtime, I learned from another coworker that she wanted to practice speaking English. It was through these attempts to… Continue reading Shodo Kohai しょどこはいCalligraphy junior


How to kill Himeji Castle in two easy steps!

[produced with the combined annomosity of Elin Gubbin] Step 1: Set a writing task about a famous building. Give varying examples including the Taj Mahal. Result? 90 out of 120 students chose to write about Himeji Castle. Proof read twice, one week of listening to speeches and an uncurrable dislike for Himeji Castle History develops. Step 2:… Continue reading How to kill Himeji Castle in two easy steps!


Adventures in a squatty potty #2

After a recent walking expedition near my school, I was in search of a potty. Yes, I said potty. No matter which English speaking country you hail from ‘Potty’ is still the most polite way to say it. Any whoziles, I rolled up on a 711 thinking everything was copacetic. I noticed construction was underway… Continue reading Adventures in a squatty potty #2

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Love letter for いも [Episode 1]

It’s no secret that I love sweet potato. I blame my mom for this. She raised me on sweet potatoes and candied yams. This affinity for imo (いも), as its known in Japanese, has only grown in Japan. There are so many different varieties of sweet potato and they each have distinct flavors and qualities.… Continue reading Love letter for いも [Episode 1]