Posted in November 2010

Let’s Santa!

Today was the 冬フェス (Fuyu Fesu = Winter Festival) opening day in Hamamatsu. I went along to see what it was all about and was happy to see so much Christmas in the air… well, so many santas anyway!  Surprisingly, there weren’t that many people there. I think the event wasn’t advertised that well, to … Continue reading

紅葉 (Autumn leaves in Hamamatsu)

First, I’ll apologise for this being a lazy blog. What I mean by “lazy” is that it’s going to be more pictures than words.  There are two reasons for that… (1) I have been writing a novel this month (see NaNoWriMo) and don’t want to run out of words before the deadline. (2) I think … Continue reading

Hisashiburi (久しぶり)

Hisashiburi (久しぶり) means “long time no see” or “it’s been a while” in Japanese. I went to Nagoya yesterday for the first time since I left seven months ago. I didn’t realise how much I missed Nagoya until the train pulled in to the familiar station. As the train approached, I felt the same anticipation … Continue reading

Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka 2010

Standing in the huge park with the hot November sun beating down on my back, I couldn’t help but smile as I looked around. There were simply so many people playing and having fun in my line of sight. There’s nothing like a sunny day, watching some outstanding performers, and an encounter with some clowns … Continue reading


Nanoblock? What’s that then?  Well, is seems to be a Japanese version of LEGO and, like most things in Japan, it’s really tiny. I’ve seen Nanoblock packs on sale a few times in novelty stores like Loft and Plaza, but yesterday I finally gave in and bought a pack.  I figured I could justify this … Continue reading

The season of hearty appetites (食欲の秋)

I love to read a wonderful blog called Surviving in Japan (Without Much Japanese) and, this month, that blog is hosting the Japan Blog Matsuri (thanks Ashley!). So, I thought I’d join in and submit my post to the festival fun.  If you’re sitting there thinking “What is Japan Blog Matsuri??”, click here to find … Continue reading