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 →


Happy New Year and all that balls. I'm not much of a New Years fan and I don't do resolutions so it was a fairly quiet evening for me. I went into Fukushima City for dinner and Karaoke with some people then a bar for the actual countdown. The lovely barmen passed out glasses of... Continue Reading →

Christmas in Tokyo and Hiroshima

It's Boxing Day and I'm back, curled up on my sofa in my wee flat. I got back this afternoon after spending the lead up to Christmas in Tokyo then Christmas Day in Hiroshima. In Tokyo we went to the Monster Cafe and Robot Restaurant. Psychedelic madness; loud, colourful and so, so much fun. We... Continue Reading →


It's been too long since I took my camera out or posted anything here so today I went for a walk in the snow. It was -2 degrees, I had six layers of clothes on , and I had a surprisingly good time given that I hate snow. The main reason I haven't posted in... Continue Reading →


It seems that life has caught up with me. Or I have caught up with life. I've finished telling you about my brilliant holiday. Since then I've been working and taking it easy. Making a crazy number of paper snowflakes. Watching Xmas films.  I haven't done anything particularly exciting and haven't got any pictures as... Continue Reading →

Vietnam; Hanoi

My last two days in Vietnam were in Hanoi with my friends. I moved myself to a fancy hotel with a pool on the roof and a room almost the same size as my flat here in Japan.  We got more egg coffee, wandered about a bit, tried to see Ho Chi Minh but he... Continue Reading →

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