Everyday Livin'

What have you been doing lately? (Part 2)

I shunned the idea and thought, "Pfft, why do I need to go find people? They should come to me!" I mean, that's what my family was always going on about whenever I'd have a falling out with love. Shouldn't it work the same way with friends? God, what a pompous noodle butt I was... am?

Everyday Livin' · Traveling

What have you been doing lately? (Part 1)

It's becoming more and more evident that, despite living out in the countryside, the virus will spread as long as people keep moving around, unaware they're contaminated. And would you believe I STILL see people not wearing a mask?

Everyday Livin'

Cold, Cold, Aa-choo!

We've all been there. I was there earlier this month. Whenever sudden symptoms crop up, we rush to the internet and research them. 99.9% of the time, it tells us we have some rare form of cancer when in actuality, it's a cold. Next, we look up "easy ways to get over a cold" or… Continue reading Cold, Cold, Aa-choo!

Everyday Livin'

A Weekend Diary: Summer Break (Part 2)

Being alone with my thoughts during this extensive summer vacation, of which ends in one more day (hooray!), has led me to wonder if I’m doing the right things in life. I suppose those are the kind of philosophical mysteries that I’ll never know the answers to. Even historians debate about the correctness of events… Continue reading A Weekend Diary: Summer Break (Part 2)

Personal Thoughts

I’ll be back, Japan.

All (good) things must come to an end. Good things come to those who wait. What do you think about when you’re reminded of these words? For me, they put what it feels like to be standing on the precipice of change into context. Lo’ how the mind can so easily waver. Who knew emotions… Continue reading I’ll be back, Japan.

Cuisine of the Middle Class

School Lunch, Ep. 7

I'm a week behind in getting the school lunches to you, the adoring public. This post will be abbreviated and not detail my reactions and opinions. It's not like you need them anyway, lol. April 15, 2019 たけのこご飯 (takenoko gohan, rice with bamboo root and peas) さばじゃがメンチコロッケ (saba jyaga menchi korokke, ground and fried mackerel… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 7

Cuisine of the Middle Class

School Lunch, Ep. 8

April 22, 2019 ご飯 (gohan, rice) ポークカレー (pohku kare, pork curry) 大豆のコロッケ (daizu no korokke, bean corquette) 青じそサラダ (aojiso sarada, vegetable salad with Japanese basil dressing)   April 23, 2019 ご飯 (gohan, rice) きびなごのごまフライ(kibinago no goma furai, fried herring) たけのことあらめの煮物 (takenoko to arameno nimono, simmered bamboo with vegetables) かきたま汁 (kakitama shiru, egg flower soup) あまなつ… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 8

Everyday Livin'

A Trip Back in Time: The Hime-sama Parade

What do you think of when you hear “princess?” For most people, that means DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY! For others, expanses of rolling green hills, cramped forests and intimidating castles are called to mind. While these “western” influences do permeate the Japanese imagination, the term “princess” possesses something more unique. Like with most countries, Japanese princesses… Continue reading A Trip Back in Time: The Hime-sama Parade

Cuisine of the Middle Class · Everyday Livin'

School Lunch, Ep. 6

Hello, again! It's me with your school lunch update. You'll have to excuse my tardiness. On Fridays, I want to ignore everything I'm meant to be doing. Unfortunately, that means remaining in a stale state, staring dumbly off into the distance. It's Monday again and I need to shake off the funk. I present to you… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 6

Everyday Livin'

School Lunch, Ep. 5

Good afternoon, everyone! We're finally getting a bit of those April showers here in Japan. The downside to that is that it's chilly. Soon we'll be wishing it back when summer beats down on us. Anyway, I hope your lunch hour went well. What did you eat? I remember eating fried chicken and potato salad the majority… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 5