Shishido Sensei- a teacher unselfishly offering her love

I watched as Shishido Sensei slowly but purposely lifted the hishaku (bamboo ladle) out of the kettle three-quarters full of hot water and gracefully poured it into the waiting chawan

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Lazy days, and lots more photos..

Well, yet again, in a flash the official ‘winter’ season is over here… although in saying that nature seems to be totally obilivious to the fact is well into Spring

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Skiing in the Japanese Alps

Wow we’ve spent the last two days skiing in the end of season snow in the Japanese Alps. It’s been brilliant with a cloudy start and great sunshine since… We’re

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A year out in Japan

It had been snowing quite a lot before I got there obviously, because the streets, trees, houses, everything was covered in beautiful white snow. Naturally, this meant it was absolutely

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An alien in Japan

I strolled around the bakery with my tray looking at all the delicious pastries and buns, trying to decide whether I should buy something sweet or savoury. Eventually I decided

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Adding some Canadian to the mix

It happened at the beginning of May, the weather was getting warmer but still cold enough that you needed a jacket. The snow had melted, but I definitely wouldn’t have

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Time is like an arrow

光陰矢のごとし(Kouin ya no gotoshi) – a Japanese proverb that I recently learnt and can, without a doubt, apply to my last month in Hakodate. It literally translates to ‘time is

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Sapporo’s Snow Festival

Total Distance: 0 miles / 0 kmMouse: 0,0 Hokkaido Trip Travel Route http://www.travelblog.org/gmaps/map_Ih.html DAY 1: Saturday, February 4th The adventure started bright and early (6am!) when I rolled off my

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Obasan Party

Sal’s 30th… Celebrated in style at A-Bu-Cha and followed by a week of SUCH fun, laughter, chickens, giggles, powder, onsens, chortles, snowballs, great food, sake, gumboots, beers, wine and …..

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Photos, photos, photos…

Well, apparently I am not doing what ever needs to be done in order to send photo’s via e-mail right, so just deicded to upload a few random pics from

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