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

Winter in Tatebayashi

Hello everyone! Just last Monday we had a snow storm sweep through our region of Japan. Here in Tatebayashi, snow is pretty rare; the temperature rarely dips below -3C/26F, and it’s very dry. About once every ten years or so a big snow storm hits; the most recent was four years ago, our first winter … Continue reading Winter in Tatebayashi

New Year Reflections

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve! I’m back at work now, but with nothing to do, woo-hoo! I’ve been reflecting on our lives in 2017 and thinking about what goals I want to set up for myself in 2018. 2017 was a great year for Paul and … Continue reading New Year Reflections

Autumn in Tatebayashi

Hello all! Hope you’re doing well. I noticed this week as I was biking to school that the beautiful Japanese maples are now in full colour, so this morning I went to work early and spent half an hour taking pictures at my favourite spots! Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I bike past and over … Continue reading Autumn in Tatebayashi