Throwing Peanuts at Demons

Yesterday, marked せつぶん(節分)(The division of seasons), the day before the beginning of spring according to the lunar calendar. I got to school, and found this on my desk: So basically, this is how it goes: Someone in your house puts on this mask (the Spring Demon) and everyone in the house stands in the entryway […]

Japanisms Pt1: Beautiful Bento!

Per your request, I’m officially starting the ‘Japanisms’ posts. These are short posts that give you a glimpse into Japanese culture and life.  It’s not about the right and wrong of the thing, but rather the differences in culture:) So, Enjoy the Japanisms Pt1 today, “Beautiful Bento!” Before coming here, we’d heard the word ‘bento’ […]

Oki Dokie

In Japan, the first week of May is called “Golden Week” where there are three consecutive holidays: 1)Constitution Memorial Day – a day to reflect on democracy and the government. 2)Greenery Day – A day to commune with nature and reflect on ones blessings. 3)Childrens Day – a day to respect children’s personalities and celebrate their […]

Mr. Kyle Gets a Job!

Well folks, looks like Kyle’s days of being a snow and tattoo bum are over! Starting Monday, May 9th, Kyle will start teaching little Japanese preschoolers! He is SO lucky! In actuality, Kyle will still be ‘volunteering’ at our friend Haya’s tattoo shop in the evenings and on weekends. The snow season is over and […]