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…

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…