Okaido Matsuri

こんにちは! Just a small post today. It’s been a sweltering couple weeks – we’ve started having to do our grocery shopping after dark, and despite drinking at least one 2-litre bottle of water daily apiece, headaches have been our constant companions. Because of this, we attended our neighbourhood’s summer matsuri (festival) around 7 p.m. last Saturday, just as … Continue reading Okaido Matsuri

Wheat Field Wanderings

こんにちは! It’s Golden Week in Japan, a time of the year when several holidays (Showa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day, and Children’s Day) fall close together, which usually means one or two long weekends! This year we happened to have Monday, Thursday, and Friday off; usually this week is a prime time to travel … Continue reading Wheat Field Wanderings

Spring in Tatebayashi

こんばんは! Back home, my favourite season was always fall. I loved the changing colours and the crisp air, the pumpkins and excitement of Halloween. Since moving to Japan, though, I’ve fallen in love with spring. I’ve never seen anything as beautiful as a long line of sakura trees swaying in the breeze as petals flurry down … Continue reading Spring in Tatebayashi