こんばんは！ It’s been a hot month here in Japan. So hot, in fact, we made it onto the BBC front page twice! (Woooo…) We hit over 100F several times, and let me tell you, that was not fun to bike through. I am more than ready for our trip to cool, green Ireland in just 10 days!
Here’s what’s been happening this past month besides the heat:
The head teacher at one of my schools brought in three bags of melons. Just one of these babies at the grocery store would cost us about $20 USD, so I gladly accepted one!
Cute and tasty omiyage (souvenir) from a teacher. Potato sticks (I think?) flavoured like chicken. Surprisingly good!
We have many new friends down by the bike shelter! Every morning there is at least one frog huddled somewhere, hoping we won’t swoop down at eat him. (It’s okay! You’re safe from us!)
Our friend Kristy is leaving Tatebayashi and moving closer to Tokyo, so we went to a ramen shop called Take Ramen. From the outside it looked a the typical family-run ramen shop – a small house on the corner with a tiny parking lot – but once we got inside…!
Katie got a new camera for her Scotland trip! Our cats served as her first models:
And speaking of new cameras, I went for a walk in between rain showers to practice with my own!
I also discovered the source of a mysterious noise I’ve been hearing for a little while now! Lately, when it’s been raining at night, I’ve noticed that I can clearly hear the rain, along with the sound of what I initially thought were cars driving through puddles. The culprit, it turns out, are the taro plants in the garden right below our window!
When it’s simply raining, it sounds like the rain is falling on a canvas. When it’s pouring, like last Saturday during the typhoon, the rain fills up the leaves until they tip over and pour it all out — not cars driving through puddles at all! Sometimes the water spills onto other leaves, which spill into other leaves, and it becomes this very lovely splashy chain reaction.
And that’s that! Later this week, we will have four new ALTs join us (Welcome!), and next week we will be off to Ireland for a week-long road trip.
Until next time! またね！