Tag Archive | Japan

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 […]

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 […]

Our First Typhoon

Yesterday was a rainy day here in Nagoya.  It had also gotten cold enough to wear a light jacket, very different from the what the weather was when we arrived here.  Then, the daytime temperatures were in the high eighties to low nineties but very humid.  Apparently Nagoya is known for its hot, hot, sticky […]

Visit to the Koshoji Temple

We have finally started to go from visiting places that we need to survive in our everyday life (think food store), to visiting places like a tourist to Japan.  Our first stop is the Koshoji Temple. We took the subway for two stops and got out at the Yagoto Station.  There was a sign there […]

Let’s Talk Trash!

If you are living in Japan, one of the first things you have to learn to live with and deal with, is trash.  Japan is the cleanest country I have ever seen…and I’ve been to Switzerland!   There are no public trash cans anywhere unless you count convenience stores where they are outside the store. […]

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