Golden Week, Part 1: National Days of Rest

Golden Week, Part 1: National Days of Rest

Happy Golden Week! Um, what’s Golden Week, you ask? It’s a handful of national holidays packed into the end of April and beginning of May, of course! China celebrates it, with its own holidays. These are the holidays (as they currently stand) for Japan: I say “as they currently stand” because there’s been a lot(…)

Driving in Okinawa: Unofficial Rules of the Road

Driving in Okinawa: Unofficial Rules of the Road

So you may have read about my adventures in learning to drive on the left. In the driver’s ed class to get my Japanese license, I also learned some of the nuts and bolts of driving, like the only place in Okinawa you can turn on red is on Kadena Air Base, or the meaning(…)

You say Potato, I say Ben-imo

You say Potato, I say Ben-imo

If there’s one thing I really like to write about, it’s food. Whether it’s a restaurant I’ve discovered, or some exotic cuisine I’ve never tasted before, I think my decades of eating, enjoying, and even being picky (I prefer the term “particular”) about what I eat help me write somewhat informed food and restaurant reviews.(…)

Cold hearted snake: Okinawa’s habu

Cold hearted snake: Okinawa’s habu

Whew–you’re still with me. I wasn’t sure after that heavy post on whales last week. This week, we move through the animal kingdom to those slithery creatures you know and love: Whoops, not that guy! What is his deal? I still haven’t figured it out, but he nevertheless gives me the giggles! The most famous/notorious(…)