Friday, April 27, 2012

What's worse than taking the second to last train home on a Friday night after a late shift?

When said train is filled with drunk loud college kids.

Thankfully my MP3 player has Mamo's new album on it.


And back to the daily grind

I love going to my grandmother's. Possibily one of two places in Japan where I don't have to explain my existance or feel like I'm putting on a show.

I get to recharge my soul and feel better about life.

Then I can face being a reflection of myself for another 5 days. Something that looks like me but isn't. It's all just for show and I can't forget that. These people, for the most part, are there for themselves. They probably could care less, but not much.

I've become too comfortable. Showing too much of myself.

It's all a show. And I intend on putting on a damn good one. I need to learn my lines and put on my mask. Make myself seem as perfect as possible. Fool them. There are those few I can let in, but most are there for the show.

And the show must go on.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Package from my mom!


The real ones!

Staining my fingers with radioactive orange artificial cheese flavoring.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gyoza for dinner

We ate lots. Now quite full.


Had a yummy breakfast and now I'm having tea with my grandmother after she practiced calling my mom on Skype.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Look who went to Animate

And has Mamo's new album!

The limited first edition with the DVD. Along with a clear file and a pic from Animate.

Must show one of the girls at the house. I inadvertently turned her onto Miyano Mamoru. Not just the hotness, but the dorkiness too. She loves his Koi no 32-rensha. Managed to find the event online. Now she likes him even more. Score! And she's gotten her friend hooked. Double score!

And now off to Hama!

Off to grandmother's house I go

But first, Hama!

Gorgeous weather

Taking advantage of the sun while I can.

Which of course means laundry.


Three lessons then it's off for my weekend. Yay!

Already have my laundry ready to toss into the washing machine when I get back from work.

And on the way to work: GALILEO!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Guess who went to the bookstore!

Mondays between shifts are dangerous...

A snapshot of how I see the world.


It's Monday!

My workweek is almost done!

Then I can sleep!

Actually I slept pretty well last night. I'm going to have to do shorter weekends more often.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Can't get a shot without looking completely suspicious, but the H&M in Parco opened today and the bags say: Finally, Nagoya will be perfect.

I kinda just want the bag.

A bauble from Osaka

On the way to Ame-mura, we stepped into a picture book and toy store and I couldn't resist buying this. It's 12 colorful rounded wooden cubes connected by elastic. And it's marvelous.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Nap time!

Normally I would wander around for the next few hours, but I'm still sleepy from the Osaka trip.

Picking up some food then taking a nap. First lesson of my PM shift is about 3pm the last ends around 11pm. Need sleep and food.

Aaaand back to work

Usually I'd stay out in town between shifts, but today I'm heading back home for a nap.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Making white sauce. Yay.

An afternoon in Sakae with a friend

Hawaiian for lunch, trip to the bookstore, browsing in Loft, and now heading home to get some laundry done so I have clothes to wear when I get back to Nagoya.

The smell of adventure is in the air

I mentioned it back when it was getting darker in the mornings but there's a smell to the early morning air that makes me think of the start of an adventure. Maybe it's my body and brain trying to feed my imagination since rationalizing an alarm at 4am doesn't work. If that's the case, I quite like my coping mechanisms.

Also tomorrow I have my first proper trip in Japan since I got here. That trip to Ise last month gave me the travel bug and now with a Tanabata trip to Tokyo and another Restaurant Week excursion in the plotting stages, life is good.

But first! To get through work, then get myself to the bookstore for a guidebook for tomorrow.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Running for the train sucks

I'm really going to have to make sure I have plenty of time when warmer weather rolls around.

Right now is cool enough but I'm still sweating from my mad dash down the hill. Doing that in summer is going to be hell.

And using all that energy has made me sleepy. Meh.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Welcome party tonight

I'm in charge of desserts. Strawberries and a Krispy Kreme Sakura pack.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Left work early and went to Soup Stock for soup goodness for dinner. Heading home...probably to sleep.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sakura in Tsurumai Park

They're pretty, but I'm sleepy. Time to go home for a nap.

And thus starts another day

After talking to a few folk about Restaurant Week, I've found there's a decent amount of interest.

Right now I'm thinking of going to Tokyo for 2-3 days and going to about 4 restaurants. If possible, I want all of them to have been on Gochi.

Another Tokyo trip means I need to rethink my plans for July. Nothing's going to stop me from going, but I will probably split my plans between the two trips.

Summer is going to be so much fun!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Yesterday it was pouring rain, but it looks like most of the sakura perservered.

It's nearing the end of the season anyways so I didn't have my hopes up for today, but it's gorgeous!

I have a chunk of time off tomorrow, so I think I'll skip out and go to one of the parks in the center of town.

Also, totally unrelated and Facebook people have already witnessed it, but I just found out Japan has Restaurant Week. Twice a year. The next one's in August. Cue spazzing.

It's just enough time to do a bit of digging.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sakura along the Yamazaki River

After talking about hanami in pretty much every lesson for the past week, one place kept coming up as "the best": Yamazaki River in Mizuho Ward.

I'm in Nagoya this week so when I finished work this morning, I had a morning at Fujiya, bought a shawl at g.u. because it's way too warm for the gunslinger coat, and headed out to Aratama-bashi.

Put my stuff into a locker and ventured out toward the river.

First impression: A gorgeous and quiet stretch of cherry blossoms.

The river changes faces as it goes up stream. The trees get younger and the sides of the river are different. It's fascinating. As well as the sheer size of some of the carp. Ginormous.

I'll try to be good and upload photos from today and from my walk along the Tempaku River on Saturday.