Blogs from Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan, Asia


Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu March 11th 2008

The end of the school year here is approaching fast, just 2 weeks to go!!! All of MEK went on an excursion yesterday to the Science Marine Museum. It was the first time I have been there and i was very cool for the children. They got to see a lot of different fish and dinosaur bones. The children had a shared lunch with their mothers and some fathers. There was a farewell for Marissa and Cate who will be leaving Japan in a few weeks for their next adventure. The children sang 'You are my sunshine', to them and they both gave a small speech. It was a nice way to start the week Enjoy the photos (especially Amy) ... read more
bear class
cute sea horse
big stingray

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu October 21st 2007

We survived! (sigh of relief!!!) Mixing the travel styles of a 25 year old, poor backpacker and two 50 year old first class travelers (who might I add definitely deserve to travel first class after all of their hard work in life :), is a bit of a challenge but I must say that overall I think we did a really good job. Besides the small finger marks on my neck that still burn a bit to the touch, hahah, my mom, dad and I managed to traipse through the trains, buses and subways of Tokyo, Shizuoka and Kyoto relatively unscathed. And although the trip was a far cry from the luxurious vacation that my hard working parents deserve, all in all I think it went pretty well. I won't get into the nitty gritty of ... read more
Tea Ceremony in Tokyo
At the Nijubashi Bridge in Tokyo
My dad flipping his Okonomiyaki

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu July 12th 2007

On the weekend Shimizu held the Tanabata festival. I have mentioned in a pervious blog what Tanabata is but just to refresh your memory it is: From Wikipedia Tanabata (?? tanabata?), meaning "Seven Evenings") is a Japanese star festival, derived from Obon traditions and the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi. The festival is usually held on July 7, and celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). The Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year. This special day is the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. People generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku (?? tanzaku?), small pieces of paper, and hanging them on ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu April 30th 2007

A sneak peak into my fridge these days.... Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu By FarbsApril 30th 2007Just a few of the new foods I am experimenting with :).... read more
Fried tofu

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu April 23rd 2007

I have to admit I have not been taking the best care of myself lately. As my dad knows (and often reminds me of) when I am at home, I have a tendency to "burn the candle at both ends" and wear myself out. Well doing too much finally caught up with me on Saturday. I woke up exhausted after a full night sleep and all day at work my muscles were aching and my energy levels were really low. It didn't help that I had a special Easter Kids Event to start the day off...I love teaching kids but it is definitely exhausting. Saturday evening I went to bed early and woke up late (forgoing my usual morning run) to get as much rest as possible. It was pouring rain so I decided to take ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu April 19th 2007

VENDING MACHINE CRAZE IN JAPAN :) ANPANMAN!!! My favorite Japanese Animated Superhero!!! DORAYAKI!!! My favorite Japanese Sweet Doraemon -- Japanese animated character and perhaps my soul mate because he LOVES DORAYAKI as much as me :) Bonseki -- Japanese Art. I saw a display of Bonseki last week in Shizuoka and fell in love with it!!! It's beautiful and kind of mind boggling, I don't know how the artists make such beautiful pictures with powder from stones. GENKI DRINKS -- Japanese version of Red Bull A BLOCK OF AZUKI (SWEET BEANS) ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu April 15th 2007

I have to admit it's a bit of a lonely evening tonight. Joe left yesterday to head back to the states and I just got back from work a little while ago and cooked some chicken and veggies and tofu for dinner. Dawn is still at work and so I have the whole apartment to myself, a big change from just a day ago when I was lucky enough to have a constant travel buddy. This past week has been by far my favorite week in Japan so far. I have to say I was pretty lucky to have one of the greatest guys in the world come all the way across the Pacific Ocean to spend some time with me in Japan. Joe arrived on Monday and stayed until yesterday (Saturday) morning. Two of ... read more
Strolling through the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park
Nakamise Dori -- Rice Cracker Vendor
Conveyor Belt Sushi

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu April 7th 2007

What a crazy day at work today. My adult classes and my senior kids class were fine, but I had a kinder class that went horrible today ;). April is the beginning of the new school year in Japan and so this was my first week with a new kinder class. I had 3 of the girls previously in another class, but there were two boys in class today who I had for the first time and they were not too excited about having me as a teacher (gotta love kids for their honesty). They both refused to talk at all during class today and one of them even started crying and left class to go sit with his parents outside the classroom. Am I really that scary????? Needless to say I felt like a horrible ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu April 6th 2007

I love Fridays. I work a short shift from 10-2 so it almost feels like I have the day off! I just got back from work today which was great. I had some of my favorite students which always makes the day more pleasant. And I only had to teach 5 lessons instead of the standard 8 lessons so it flew by! Here is what my schedule looked like today: I started off the morning teaching a Level F student. The highest you can get at Nova is Level G. So needless to say she can communicate pretty well in English. She is a university student in Shizuoka studying Opera and just got back from traveling in Vienna for a couple of weeks. Our lesson was about inviting and persuading people to go places. After her ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shimizu March 23rd 2007

So sorry for the recent draught in blogs!! Dawn and I just got the internet connected in our apartment!!! Yeah, so blogs should be a bit more frequent now :). So much has happened since I last wrote, trying to figure out where to start is very intimidating. Every day here feels like a month worth of things to write about. I think for the sake of my sanity and yours I will just start with today and let the many details of the last month come out as I begin writing more freqently. I just got back from work a little while ago and had some Japanese yams, an apple and some sekihan (rice and beans) for dinner. Outside my wiwndow music is blaring from the Cherry Blossom Festival that is going on in ... read more
Cherry Blossoms
Cute Japanesey Scene
Mini Las Vegas light show

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