Woe is the Wallet

True to the name of our blog, I’m going to talk about my wallet (saifu) today. Up until now, I’ve been quite high on the thrill of having a real job in the real world making real money.  But, now that I’m getting as settled in as one can get in a foreign country where…

Undoukai

So, at work today, the music teacher was in.  She speaks some English, and brought up the upcoming music festival.  She asked me if I played anything.  I told her that I played violin, but haven’t played since college started.  She told everyone else in the office, all of whom got SUPER excited, and they…

I got nothin’

Earlier this week, I went to kindergarten for the first time.  It was an interesting experience.  I had children literally climb all over me–I even had children on my head and in my face if I sat on the floor, with more children wrapping themselves around my arms so that I couldn’t move.  It was…

Life on the Edge

No, really, I live quite on the edge of the island; right next to the coast.  Here’s some pictures taken a short ways from my house: And here’s some other pictures: Creepy dolls seated here and there in the building by the port: And let’s not forget the bugs: “Aburazemi” cicada: Giant cicada hitting my…

Hanabi (Fireworks)

Hanabi is the Japanese word for “fireworks.”  It is written like this: 花火.  The characters literally translate to “flower-fire.”  When I first learned this word, I thought it was pretty cute, but that fireworks didn’t really seem like flowers.  But that’s because I had never seen JAPANESE fireworks until just a couple of weeks ago as…

Kiristu, Ki wo Tsuke, Rei!

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Kenshukan to brush up on some of my Japanese. I was pretty much panicked.  How was I going to make it onto the ferry and onto the proper connecting bus and find the right hotel?  What if the taxi didn’t know where the building for the classes…

It’s a Bug’s Life Out There

Alright, guys.  Here’s the deal.  I actually moved to Japan about a month ago.  Hitherto, I have not posted due to a painful lack of internet connection.  And you have no idea the level of satisfaction I glean from using these odd English words after a month of speaking the simplest English possible….Anyway, I’m here…