Costco in Japan and Karaage Lunch!

This was an awesome day out, and something that two of my Japanese friends and I had been planning since January! With conflicting work schedules, it was difficult to find a time when all three of us could get a whole day free, but this weekend, we finally made it out to the Costco inContinue reading “Costco in Japan and Karaage Lunch!”

Italian Dinner and English Study in Tokyo

I have been volunteering at a local library here in Tokyo, reading stories in English to young Japanese children. Recently, one of the staff who I work with said that she has become interested in learning English, and asked if I would teach her. I was very pleased, so I happily agreed! We have decidedContinue reading “Italian Dinner and English Study in Tokyo”

Italian Course Lunch in Tokyo with New Friends

During my time in Japan, I have been volunteering as much as possible in the local area. It’s not only a way to have all sorts of experiences that I otherwise never would have had, but also, it’s been fantastic for making friends with Japanese people outside of my school. This has been the mostContinue reading “Italian Course Lunch in Tokyo with New Friends”

Birthday Pottery from Japanese Teacher

Just now, as I was sitting at my desk, one of the Japanese teachers of English brought me a belated birthday present. My birthday was actually several days ago, but I stayed totally quiet about it, and not many people knew. So, she only found out about it a few days ago. It was theContinue reading “Birthday Pottery from Japanese Teacher”

Katsu Curry Lunch at School

Today was a test day, plus many of the students were away on a ski trip, so there were no classes. As usual, this means that the school did not open the cafeteria, and school meals were also not served. On such days, sometimes the teachers get bento boxes, but this time, the cafeteria staffContinue reading “Katsu Curry Lunch at School”

Indian Street Food in Tokyo!

This weekend, I made bhel puri and my version of an Indian street food sandwich. I cook this sort of way all the time back in Vancouver, but I never thought that I could make such things in Tokyo! I few weeks ago, I posted about making burritos at a friend’s house. She invited meContinue reading “Indian Street Food in Tokyo!”

Mochi Waffles at School in Tokyo

The principal brought his waffle maker in to school, so when I got to school in the morning, there it was right next to my desk. The principal does this from time to time. For example, on the first day back to work after New Year’s holiday, he brought in ingredients and made a hugeContinue reading “Mochi Waffles at School in Tokyo”

Mochitsuki in Tokyo!

At noon today, there was a mochitsuki on Kyokai-dori, right by Ogikubo Station. Kyokai-dori literally means “Church Street” (although it is simply a nice pedestrian street with many neat shops and restaurants). And, a mochitsuki is the Japanese tradition of pounding steamed rice in a wooden barrel to make mochi. Even though I got thereContinue reading “Mochitsuki in Tokyo!”

Banana & Tomato Energy Drink: Cool Japanese Snacks

The other day, I posted about creative Japanese snacks like fried chicken crackers and Mexican taco ramen. As a continuation of that, I just tried yet another unusual combination of flavors! I was a bit thirsty, so I picked up what I thought would simply be a banana smoothie. I mean, the container was yellow,Continue reading “Banana & Tomato Energy Drink: Cool Japanese Snacks”

Nepali Elementary School in Tokyo: Anime Workshop

Yesterday, I worked as a volunteer interpreter for 9 to 10 year old Nepali students at Everest International School Japan in Suginami, Tokyo. It was a wonderful experience! Even much more so than I had expected! The children were warm, outgoing and very polite and approachable. Absolutely adorable! A group of Japanese university students studyingContinue reading “Nepali Elementary School in Tokyo: Anime Workshop”

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