You are probably wondering where I have been…

I’m here, but I seem to have run out of space with this blogging site. (Thus the missing photos in the previous posts.) So I am wondering in my head what to do about this….

Also, I seem to have lost my blogging mojo. I enjoy it, but now that I am not doing it, I am enjoying that, too.

I’d like to get back into it, but I will definitely wait a bit first. When I get back, I won’t do the “every day” thing. I started that because I read a book in which the person blogged every day. I did enjoy doing it every day, but of course it is hard to keep up that pace. And I feel like if I do it every day, and then stop one day, you will all think. “Oh my gosh, she’s dead.” When in reality, I’m just living life as usual.

So in the meantime, check out those lovely blogs to the right side….Most are other Wives in Japan. Have a great January! 🙂

Happy holidays from me to you….

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What’s inside?

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Yumminess!

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What’s inside?

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Scrumptiousness!


Well, another year has come and gone.  I can’t believe it.  2016…DON’T LEAVE MEEEEEE!!!!!!

(Wiping a tear from my eye)

I am going to take a break for the holidays.  Holidays in Japan means Christmas, but it actually mostly means New Year’s Day.  I don’t know when I will be back…..

Happy Holidays!

“Plants That Eat Bugs” Book Twenty-four of the Big Kid Picture Book Battle

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Today’s book is originally a Japanese book, and it is called, “Mushi o  Taberu Kusa.”

Mushi=Bug

Taberu=Eat

Kusa=Grass

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Isn’t it awesome?  I am so fascinated with these sorts of plants.  The venus flytrap is the most famous, but there are others.   Anyway, this book is great.

I bought a venus flytrap in college.  It died!  I even fed it flies……..  Oh well.

Leaving Yamagata City…

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Yep, that’s me!   Ready to board the bullet train and head for Fukushima.

(The straw hat and luggage were provided by the station for photos………)

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My “ekiben” on the way home.   Yes, it was expensive!

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Enjoying my train ride.   Reading and thinking of writing………

I really enjoyed Yamagata City and seeing old friends there.  I probably won’t go back for a while….but who knows?  The possibilities are endless.

Bunshyoukan and Nanokamachi in Yamagata City

After lunch, we went to a shopping area and walked to a building called the Bunsyoukan.  It used to hold the offices of the Yamagata Prefectural government.  It is exactly one hundred years old this year (2016).  Woo hoo!

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Inside the Bunshyoukan were exhibits and a coffe shop.  Very interesting!

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My husband had told me “Go to Yamadera.”  However, that’s located out of the main city area, so we couldn’t go there.  “Well then,” he said, “Go to Nanokamachi.”

That’s this little shopping area.  He had told me that there was an extremely famous sweets shop…but I forgot he told me that, and didn’t go!  (Or perhaps I wasn’t listening?)  He was a little disappointed I didn’t go to the famous sweets shop he recommended!

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But we did manage to do shopping, definitely!  On left is a Lupicia bag with Christmas gifts of tea for my Japanese teachers.  I basically have three teachers (one on Wednesday and two on Friday) but I like to give to the other teachers, too.  On right are sweets for my sweet son and husband.

Lunch in Yamagata City

My motive in spending the day in Yamagata City was to get together with my gal pals of the Association of the Foreign Wives of Japanese.  So we had lunch at a wonderful Italian restaurant called Igatta.  My husband and my Japanese teachers said, “Yamagata City is famous for soba!  You should eat soba noodles!”  Uh……no.

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I had the ladies lunch….

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I chose this spagetti because it was unique.  Chicken and burdock.  Delicious!

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A genteel lunch suitable for a lady….

Kajo Park

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Okay, now I going out of the back of the Kajo Building.

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Walking to nearby Kajo Park.

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You can see it there on the map.

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Approaching Kajo Park….

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Off to my left…

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And behind me, we see Kajo Building…

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I found the park lovely.  I realize that it’s probably the least prettiest season.  No leaves or flowers or even snow.  However, the weather was nice for walking.  Chilly, but not terribly cold.  No wind.  Mostly blue sky.

In the summer (and late spring and early fall), Japan is just too uncomfortably hot and humid for enjoyable sightseeing.

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Came upon this treausure.  Isn’t it like something out of a book?

It’s a former hospital, now a museum.  (Free of charge.)

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Somebody famous…a non-Japanese person I believe…but I don’t know who, exactly.

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I snapped this photo because there was snow on the ground in Yamagata City, but we didn’t have any at all in Fukushima City.  However since I took this photo last Thursday, we have started getting a bit of snow here.

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When I was leaving the park, I heard a soft chirping…of a bird?  of a bug? I looked for the curious noise…it was a cat!

This cat came up to me with her low chirp….

Her fur was quite healthy.  However, she had an air of desperation and sadness about herself.

I am guessing this cat was abandoned in the park, but quite recently.  Poor little kitty!

She was friendly, so I am hoping somebody took her home.  (Probably what her idiot former owners thought, too!)

Made me so sad……I wanted to take the cat of course, but our home does not allow cats. Maybe I personally would disobey this rule and secretly keep a cat (my former neighbor secretly kept a menagerie!)  However, my husband is a very “by the rules” type of guy and although he adores cats he would never ever break the “No Cats” rule.

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