Japanese Train Stories

Although it's a rare occurrence, you sometimes get that one Japanese person that does something rude enough to really get under your skin. I had an interesting little incident the other day while riding home from work: I couldn't believe it really. In a way, it's probably better for him, that it was me, and not some other random American. I know so many people with less patience, and he would have been picking up teeth. Sigh, people who are unjustly insulting (not just to me but to Continue Reading …

The Most Important Things I’ve Learned By Living Abroad (Two)

This is part two of the blog festival hosted by the Whoa I'm in Japan blog. The question posed was What Have You Learned By Living Abroad? 6. I Am Weaker & Stronger Than I Thought I Was I remember doing so many things by myself during my first year in Japan. Of course I would get together with my coworkers from time to time, but there can be a lonely side to this place. My financial situation was a little different than most, so part of the reason I wasn’t going out was because I Continue Reading …

The Most Important Things I’ve Learned by Living Abroad (One)

Hi everybody! Today's article is part one of a two-part post for a special blog festival for the Whoa I'm in Japan blog. The question posed was "What Have You Learned By Living Abroad?" The Most Important Things I've Learned By Living Abroad Whoa! I can’t believe that in a blink it’ll be 2012. That means January 10th, 2012 is quickly approaching. What’s so special about January 10th? This day will mark my four-year point in Japan. Huh?!? I’ve been in Japan for four Continue Reading …

The Girl With Legendary Speed

Two weeks ago the kids at my elementary school had marathon day, where all of the students had to run a marathon. Well, let me back up, it’s not the standard, full, 42-kilometer or 26-mile marathon. The first through fourth graders had to run 1.5 kilometers which is the same as about .93 miles. I didn’t see the fifth and sixth graders, but their race was longer. I went outside to cheer on my kids and I was amazed that every single kid that I saw was able to finish the race. The 1st grade Continue Reading …

What is Yuba?

Have you ever heard of yuba before? Well, if you’re familiar with tofu, you’re not far off. Guess what yuba is made of? Soybeans of course. For some strange reason I think everything in Japan has just a little bit of soybean in it. How can I explain yuba? Well, I’m no expert on the subject or anything, but yuba is kind of like a by-product of the tofu making process. Please check out the post I did on tofu a while back. In that post I put up a video of the tofu-making process that I saw on Continue Reading …