29 Jan 2012

On Fireworks, Birthday Pizza, Arriving Early and Blooming Late (Yeah, I don’t know what this is about either.)

Happy Chinese New Year, y’all.

I’d like to say I brought in the New Year this week with a big bang, but that would have required my leaving the couch.

And, well, I think we all know where I’m going with this.

I did get to listen to a whole bunch of other people […]

25 Jan 2012

Taking the Slow Boat to China (Or A Supposedly Scary Thing That I’d Do Again… Maybe)

I don’t have a bucket list.

I know myself too well.

As soon as I say to myself, “You have to do this before you die,” I will instantly start screaming, “And who do you think you are? You’re not the boss of me!” And I will no longer want to do it. Just […]

18 Jan 2012

Feeling Natsukashii in Nikko

When I first moved to Japan fifteen years ago, I was living in this tiny little fishing village off the coast of the Japan Sea.

The town is, supposedly, quite famous for its fresh seafood. Or, at least, that’s what everyone told me as soon as I arrived. Conversations would go something like this: […]

9 Jan 2012

Having a Bawl in Tokyo (No, that’s not a typo. I really wish it were.)

I never used to think of myself as the big crybaby type.

But, over the past couple years, I’ve changed.

Maybe being so far away from home for so long has made me more sentimental.

Or maybe I’ve just gotten soft-hearted with my old age. (This is the point in the blog post when […]

5 Jan 2012

Stuff I Really Kind of Like About My Life in China: Chinese New Year

Before we get this thing started, I should probably mention that I’ve never actually experienced the Chinese New Year in China.

But I have a pretty good feeling about it.

From what I’ve seen so far, Chinese New Year involves lots of shiny stuff.

And dragons. (2012 being the Year of the Dragon, […]