Ikebana – The Way of Flowers

We went to the International Center in Sakae, a great place to get help if you are visiting Japan as a tourist or non-Japanese speaking resident. They had an Ikebana show. ¬†Ikebana is a disciplined art form where nature and humanity come together in a flower arrangement. The arrangement emphasizes shape, line, and form based […]

Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

On our last day in Nanjing we accompanied our friend, Shi Jun, a philosophy professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and some of his students to the Nanjing Memorial Museum.  Because it was a weekend, and it was China, the museum was very crowded. The students we were with had been to this […]

And Now For Something Completely Different

We needed to go to Nanjing, China, because Don was asked to give a paper at a conference at Nanjing University of Science and Technology.  We booked on China East Airlines, which is a brand new Chinese airline.  We would fly into Shanghai and then catch a flight to Nanjing.  We packed light so we […]

Emergency! Emergency!

Don’t get excited!  It’s just our practice drill in case of an emergency. And, let it be known that Japan has lots of possible emergencies! They have earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, and the more usual, fires.  We had an emergency drill which was, for all you teachers out there, like a fire drill at school. We […]

The Ultimate Challenge: Shopping for Groceries in Nagoya

You are having a dream. And in your dream, you are in a grocery store and, although you can recognize the different aisles: bread, soaps, spices, dairy, etc., you can’t read any of the labels or ingredients. You don’t know exactly what is in any of the brightly colored packages. Welcome to my nightmare! That is […]

Sakae and Osu

So you say you want to go shopping? We’ve got just the place for you just a few subway stops away from our home base at the university. It’s called Sakae. It’s extremely high-end. It’s where the elite with the old money in Nagoya go when they need a new ¬•50,000 ($500) designer handbag or […]

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle is a flatland castle built by the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. It is a wooden structure built on huge stone walls. All of the shogun’s feudal lords were ordered to help with the construction of the castle. If you look at the giant stones in the castle’s walls, you can see the marks of […]

Windup Wire

A Reflection on Art, Justice, and Meaning in Our Time

Hey from Japan- or wherever the moving van arrives- Emily Cannell

Moving a Family When Everyone is Held Tightly in the Grips of Puberty or Menopause

Silk and Sake

Our travels in Japan