Category Archives: Japan

I Couldn’t Resist

I have been shopping at a Japanese market for years–though less frequently than in past. On Saturday, I took a friend to experience the place.  Despite trying to cut down on my sugar intake (and increase my exercise time) I … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

A long time ago, in the previous century in fact, I taught in Japan.  I taught in a small city jammed up into the corner created by the corner of Osaka and Nara Prefectures.  It had beautiful mountains that housed a huge … Continue reading

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A Taste of Japan

This isn’t the first time I have posted pictures of my favourite Japanese chocolate. Much like the other times I was fortunate to find myself in possession of these beauties, they were a gift from one of my students. I … Continue reading

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Glass Bottles

Today’s Perfect Moment is a cool drink of root beer from a glass bottle. Pretty simple really, but full of touchstones for me. I found this bottle at the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree is running a distant second to … Continue reading

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“Uplifting” she said

  I am not really good at publicizing my blog. I do all the things they tell you to do: comment on other people’s blogs–If I like the post, I definitely comment.  If I find something I like, I follow. … Continue reading

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Lunch Decisions

Today, on the second day of a three-day long weekend, I found myself on the road.  I had spent the previous evening with my friend watching a double feature. (Avengers Infinity War and Deadpool 2–the PG and R superhero movies … Continue reading

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Finally

I’ve been writing about green tea kitkats for quite a while now.  Usually I grab them when I am overseas, or when I can force my students to bring them to me, or when I get to an Asian food … Continue reading

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Retail Distractions

Today, I visited two different shops on errands. These were a bit of a way from my house, but I managed to make the journey on secondary roads.  It was rather peaceful. First I went to the Pacific Mall to … Continue reading

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Sunshine

Becky at beckysopenbook was kind enough to nominate me for the Sunshine Blogger award.  Even kinder, she did not burden me with a bunch of rules and regulations.  She merely asked for a sunshine story and some pictures.  How could … Continue reading

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Taking Time for Tea

  When I lived in Japan, one of my students was a rather revered master of the tea ceremony.  On one occasion, my roommate and I were invited by her to participate in one.  It is highly ritualistic and at times beautiful.  It … Continue reading

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