Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ara Forest Path

Here is what I learned while making this video: I’m probably not supposed to be an actor. I do much better behind the camera. My pictures? Turned out pretty good right? Film.. eh it was shot on my phone so can’t complain. Narration? Not going to win any awards. Bits of me talking on camera, or using the front facing camera on the phone? Yea, cause those made it in…

Cherry Blossoms

It’s still winter in Japan, but the cherry trees are blooming down in Okinawa. From late January through February and March, cherry blossoms will work their way north as Spring announces its’ arrival.  In most of Japan, the seasons are distinct, and throughout Japan’s long history traditions and beliefs have developed around them. As in many cultures, Spring marks the beginning.  It is when new life begins and all things living begin to thrive again after the long cold winter.

School Lunch JAN 19-25

Welcome to my latest series What’s For Lunch.  Roughly every Thursday, I’ll try to bring you pictures of the meals kids eat here from the last week.  Since I’m a teacher, I get to eat them too.  Below will be short descriptions, a rating bar from Japanese to NOT, and occasional recipes.  I hope you find it an interesting look into life in Japan.                 Milk, Rice, Vegetable Chanpuru, mini-hamburger, and Nakami Soup

Coralway’s 2012 Kengo Tarumi Winner

  This is a photo I took in 2009 during Kitadaito’s main festival daitogusai.  This is during the second day when sumo wrestling takes place.  It is common for one or more demonstration matches to occur before the actual competitions start.  This is a ‘match’ between a man and his grandson.  Of course the grandson ‘won’. This photo has been published in Japan Transocean Air’s (JTA) in-flight magazine ‘Coralway’ for their Okinawa based flights (Issue 139 for March and April

Let’s Walking

Sanpo is Japanese for a ‘walk,’ and it’s a popular pastime here.  From the bureaucratic samurai of the Tokugawa period who would wander among the cherry trees and write poetry, to modern office workers trying to keep fit, walking is still a much appreciated activity in Japan. Japan is also a land with a rising elderly population.  It has one of the longest life expectancies in the world.  As communities and towns have ever older populations it is also becoming ever more

A New Series

Hi, starting this week I will be posting pictures here from my time in Japan.  Hopefully I’ll get one to you every Wednesday and Friday, something to take a peek at in between my regular Monday posts.  Thank you for your support and interest!  Keep Japan Rockin’!  

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