Mt. Fuji

I am sat on my own personal balcony in a fancy hotel, with a bottle of wine, gazing at Mt. Fuji directly in front. of me. I am happy.

Sakura, Sakura, Sakura

They're everywhere. They. Are. Every. Where. And people go mad over them. Picnicking under them. Taking selfies with them. Taking pet selfies with them. I don't get it. So here a load of pics all in one go to get it over and done with...  

Travels with friends

There`s a lot to talk about so this may end up being multiple posts. I`ll start with the best bit. I had a visitor! My friend came to visit me so I got to take some time off and visit another Japanese city. I met her in Osaka so took the shinkansen there. It took... Continue Reading →

Bridges of Fukushima

I finally took my camera, and myself, into Fukushima city yesterday for a wander around and visit to the two bridges that I admire every time I drive there. It was lovely. You can walk over and under the bridges. I got a bit rained on but it hardly ever rains here so that was... Continue Reading →

Sake and Leaving

Last weekend I went to a sake festival in Niigata. I drove with two others in the car with me so I was a little nervous and stressed in case I crashed and killed us all. I didn't so it was all good. I worry about these things generally and, as it was a two... Continue Reading →


Not much to report from the last few weeks. It's slowly getting warmer, with actual double figure temperatures on more than one day. It's making me think about spring, which made me think of daffodils, which made me think of yellow.

Sapporo Snow Festival

I have fulfilled my wish to visit Hokkaido island. I did not see any Hairy Ainu (indigenous people) but I wasn't really expecting to. I didn't get to shake hands with an otter but I wasn't expecting to be able to do that either. I did see the otter. But the wee door it sticks... Continue Reading →


January is over and my mood is definitely improving. It's still Baltic but I can see the stretch in the evenings which helps. There have been some phenomenal pink, orange and blue sunsets that I desperately want to take a picture of. Unfortunately, the sunsets happen when I'm driving home and there aren't very many... Continue Reading →

Step aside Aretha

I sang a song today. In Japanese. In front of approximately 100 people. Wearing a Kimono. I had gone with a friend to a shamisen lesson before Christmas with the mother of her vice principle. A shamisen is an old Japanese guitar/banjo like instrument with three strings. Makes plinky plinky music and can have lovely... Continue Reading →

Snowboarding and Snow Monsters

I survived throwing myself off a mountain!!! I'm alive. My bones are intact. My shoulders are killing me, but that may have more to do with my holding them up to my ears the entire time I was throwing myself off said mountain.  And I didn't die. It actually was fun once I realised falling... Continue Reading →

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