Category Archives: Life in Japan

Fall

Ah, autumn is quickly setting in and as I type this, I can see the persimmons on the tree. They are ready for picking and we have a bumper crop this year. I never knew of this fruit until I … Continue reading

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Learning to live with critters in the country

I’ve been cleaning up old emails and stumbled on this weird thing that happened way back last fall… Fall is upon us and every fall is the season of the stink bug! These nasty things get into everything especially your … Continue reading

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Canada Day

Happy Canada Day. It’s hard to have a big celebration over here when Canada Day is just another day so since last year, I decided to combine pancake night with Canada day. The girls loved getting the money but most … Continue reading

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“Where are you from”

After almost 20 years in Japan, I have come to absolutely abhor that question. “Where are you from?” will ultimately be followed bu useless chitchat about stereotypes, how great my Japanese is (it’s okay but certainly not worth praising) someone’s … Continue reading

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Entrance Ceremony

DD1 jsut started school this week. I’m about to embark on a close encounter with the Japanese school system. There was an entrance ceremony so now everyone around here is asking me about the “entrance ceremony” in Canada and how … Continue reading

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Inspiration

I spoke to someone yesterday who actually reads my blog. I was surprised since I thought that this was pretty much a dead blog and was thinking to delete it. I was inspired to write again. Life in this country … Continue reading

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Happy 2011!

Every year, I celebrate the new Year Japanese style now. All night parties and smooching at midnight are far behind me. New Year in Japan is a more solemn family occasion. I wrote in this in more detail way back … Continue reading

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