Filed under 21-day blogging challenge

Challenge complete (?)

Remember a little goal I set for myself to update my blog every day for 21 days leading up to my vacation? Well, today marks three weeks: I did it! I waxed poetically, prosaically, informatively and unnecessarily for 21 days straight… YATTA!!! :) While I definitely gambarimashita-ed, Japan as a country still has a long way to … Continue reading

When I saw her standing there…

When I saw her standing there…

If you’re lucky, every once in a blue moon you’ll stumble upon an article of clothing that is completely, utterly, 100% made for you. Like love at first sight. Peanut butter and jelly. Mary Poppins (practically perfect in every way). If you were an article of clothing, you’d be it. Meet Amazing Green Coat. We met … Continue reading

No More Trouble Zones!

No More Trouble Zones!

Between work, updating the blog daily, toggling between news websites on the latest in Japan, and sleep (though not enough of it), staying physically active in the past few weeks has been a challenge for me. I was doing so well running at least every other day for the entire month of February, too… gah! … Continue reading

Stupid Americans, Cool Americans

Stupid Americans tweet and FB status that the disasters to strike Japan in the past week are “payback” for Pearl Harbor. Cool Americans support Japan by donating blood and money to the Red Cross. Meet Alexandra Wallace, a political science major at UCLA. She exhibits jaw-droppingly ignorant bigotry, bewilderingly unabashed arrogance, and an irrational sense of … Continue reading

Like it’s 1999

Like it’s 1999

If I could do it again, I probably wouldn’t have chosen for my birthday to coincide with Japan’s hugest national crisis since WWII. But since if anyone could have predicted the earthquake, the information would have been used to save the lives of 10,000 innocent people and keep two nuclear reactors from blowing up rather than to … Continue reading

Aftershock

Helplessness is an awful feeling. I’ve never been so close, physically as well as emotionally, to tragedy of such massive proportions, and yet I feel so useless in the situation. So guilty for how much I enjoyed my weekend while elsewhere in the country, entire towns of people had their lives taken from them in … Continue reading

卒業式 (Graduation Day)!

卒業式 (Graduation Day)!

I stole Ron-Sensei‘s title format for this blog entry, but only because I think he’s the best. Thanks Ron! Japanese graduation ceremonies are a little different than the ones back home. They’re a bit more solemn, a lot of instrumental music box-y versions of pop songs are played as background music, and there’s more bowing … Continue reading

Early birthday present

Early birthday present

Oh Facebook. Sometimes you are just so wrong. But I really, really appreciate all of the friends back home who jumped on the networking device to reach me and express their concern today. I’m also grateful that it made it really easy for me to tell 800 people at once that luckily Okinawa, though issued … Continue reading

Thoughts from a former Catholic schoolgirl

Hey, Lent started yesterday. How do I know? The same way I get all my top news stories–my Facebook newsfeed. This morning I opened my computer and nearly drowned in the sudden deluge of sacrificial-related status messages on Facebook (it’s still Ash Wednesday in the part of the world where people care, which marks the beginning … Continue reading

How to go veg and still eat animals

How to go veg and still eat animals

Animal-shaped tri-color pasta! The food department of MUJI thinks of everything. I’m forever indebted to my foodie friend Kelly for introducing me to it just a little over a month ago. Since then, I’ve been eating so much pre-packaged/instant MUJI food that I can’t seem to remember what I ate for dinner at home before. Prior … Continue reading