When we first came to Nagoya to find a home here it was late May and it was the Summer green of the trees in the street, which filled the view from the study window, that sold me on our house. The bark of those trees also filled me with a quiet hope - I … Continue reading For those missing out, a virtual Hanami…
Happy belated New Year everyone! Superman and I rarely make much of New Years Eve but since we were here in Japan we decided to join in the local tradition of heading to a shrine (that's shrine as in Shinto, not temple as in Buddhist) for the turning of the year. Atsuta Jinja is one … Continue reading New Year in Nagoya
One of the things I am really enjoying about living in Japan is re-discovering my love of and respect for the seasons, which had faltered somewhat due to various stressors and, frankly, living in Sydney which doesn't really have them. The seasons are celebrated here with gusto! Throughout the year there are various religious festivals … Continue reading Get some Spirit in your Seasons!
Any native English speakers living in Japan will have experienced Japanese English speakers/students when lost for either words or courage flip out their electronic dictionaries and deftly tap away with their thumbs till they come up with the English word they need. At this point they will either show you the screen or say the … Continue reading Denshi Jisho – for Native English Speakers!
Though I am basically just hiding from the heat while Superman works and sleeps and works again, we did manage to get out on August 2nd and take in the fireworks in Gifu. Gifu is somewhere that I have longed to go all my life as they have some astonishing flower festivals in Spring. I'm … Continue reading Natsu Matsuri in Gifu
Since the Japanese drive on the left as we do here in Australia, the main concern Superman and I have about driving in Japan is not being able read the street signs. I've been hunting for something which would allow us to learn them before we move but have had little luck till today (when … Continue reading Japanese Road Signs
The Daily Yomiuri is a Japanese Newspaper which has an English version and is available online. I've been reading it since Superman first came home with the news that we might be moving to Japan. Recently they ran a comic contest (just a single illustration really, not even strips so I'm not sure comic is … Continue reading Daily Yomiuri Comic Contest
Last week, after our Monday Japanese lesson, I finally decided to take the plunge and learn Katakana before the next lesson. I had been weirdly worried that if I learned Katakana too quickly I would forget my Hiragana but that was of course just silly and I can now read both, if slowly. Nevertheless I … Continue reading On Learning Katakana
Well our flights are booked for our first sojourn to Japan! Superman's company is flying us out to have a week's orientation in Nagoya after which we will return for about a month before we head off for the long term. We will be met in Nagoya by our relocation consultant who will show us … Continue reading 29 sleeps to go!