Tuesday, February 7, 2012

life in Japan via iphone photos

from left to right
  • the kanji (Chinese character) that means "smile" is written on a large wooden out at one of my schools. 
  • GLAY - my utmost favorite Japanese band ever. I absolutely love this 2012 daily calender  You know I'm in love with these guys, right? If I ever have the chance to meet them, I would die on the spot!  I recently got elected to purchase concert tickets from their fan club for their performance in Tokyo at the Budokan this April!! I. CANNOT. WAIT.
  • my "piggy bank." I've been saving all of my ¥500 (about $6) coins for more than two years. Saving up for a 30th birthday celebration vacation during the summer.
  • dinner with Japanese friends last Saturday. Pictured is a crab and shrimp stew... and we ate a whole lot of other stuff!
  • badges that my junior high school students made. Wish I had at least 10% of their artistic ability.
  • i don't like to drink alcohol, however, I do love to drink chu-hi, which is a favored Japanese alcoholic drink. I only drink about a can a month though.
  • i love to eat takoyaki! It's pretty much dumplings with a piece of octopus inside it -  Hey! don't knock it until you've tried it! My Japanese friends and I made these and we got pretty experimental. Along with the octopus, we added potato, kimchi, tuna and even pineapple separately into each ball. They were delicious!!! We also played a little game by adding a lot of tabasco sauce into one of the balls, randomized it and then we anxiously ate one-by-one until someone had the misfortune of eating that fireball. heh... at least it wasn't me!
  •  two more Japanese friends and I went to the onsen this past Sunday. I love going to the onsen (hot springs), especially when it's freezing cold like it is now.
  • our lunch that afternoon. This was only the appetizer and it was sooooooo good!!
  • we stopped by Mac Donald's for some coffee. All these American city burgers that are out are so huge!! I would never eat them.


  1. ); not a fan of takoyaki, love the onsen though and save the 500 yens too, it was joy after the earthquake when I checked my jar and realized I had over 100,000 yen

    1. I was hesitant at first about eating takoyaki, but now I love it! It's so easy to save these 500 coins! I never use them, they go straight into the jar. I haven't counted it for more than a year now, but when I last checked it, I had about 130,000 yen in there!

  2. Hey! Just discovered your blog. Would love to go to Japan, I have a Japanese penfriend! Would love you to stop by my blog (you could win £150 to spend) & if you love please follow & I'll happily follow you back xoxo

  3. Great pictures. I an iphonographer as well, but my pix don't look this good.

    1. Thank you, Monique and thanks for stopping by! I use Instagram and I like to play around with the filters.