February 17, 2011

Look at the Snow!

Posted in Japan, Just Life, Uncategorized at 2:31 am by catsinboxes

Two nights ago (that would make it Valentine’s Day!) it started to snow as I was heading home from work.  This isn’t a common occurence in Tokyo, not to mention the fact that the snowflakes were gorgeous, so I took lots of pictures.

Ogawa Station


Looking up the platform

It was really coming down!

Right outside the station: look at all the umbrellas!

Walking up the street . . . lots of snow!


February 7, 2011

Views of the Neighborhood

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:33 pm by catsinboxes

A view from the apartment window

A neighboring school

On my way to work each day, I walk down this road

Apartments . . .

. . . and more apartments

There's something special about these parking places; they're multi-level. To get your car (if it's the second or third down), simply insert a key into the meter, and pull a lever.


The spiral staircase caught my eye, and if you look closely, you can see mountains on the horizon.

You don't see this sort of thing in Wisconsin during January or February!


Or this either, for that matter!


The really gnarled looking trees are cherry trees. During April, this is going to be gorgeous!

A street view: see if you can match this with the view from my apartment!

Looking back up the same street

My host family's apartment building is on the right

That’s all for the moment.  I hope you like them!

January 15, 2011

Arrival in Japan

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:23 pm by catsinboxes

I often read in books about people waking up and suddenly remembering that they’re in a new place. I was always rather skeptical of such an experience . . . until today. This morning I woke up and lay in bed. Without opening my eyes, I knew where I was (in my room in Wisconsin) and just what I would see when I opened my eyes. Just as quickly as the thought came, it left as I realized, “I’m in Japan!!!”

I arrived yesterday and am now settling into life with my host family. I just returned from biking to the park with my host mom. It was about a 10 minute bike ride and very fun. The weather here is chilly (my hands are still warming up, should have worn gloves!), but it is much, much warmer than Wisconsin. While the trees are bare, some of the hedges are flowering, and I even noticed some pansies in a window box.

This afternoon my family is having a welcome party for me, and I will be able to meet members of their Hippo Family Club. I’ll be sure to take pictures. Now I’m off to study some Japanese and spend time getting to know my host family.

P.S.  My apologies for not posting this earlier: more will soon follow!

January 13, 2011

On my way . . .

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:02 pm by catsinboxes

I’m writing this in O’Hare airport.  Soon I’ll be getting on my plane and heading toward Japan.  In the past few weeks I’ve been so busy, but the lines of one of my favorite hymns has been going through my head.

“Hither to thy love hast blest me,

Thou has brought me to this place,

And I know thy hand will lead me,

Safely home by thy good grace . . . “

~Thank you to all my friends for your encouragement, support, and prayers.

August 13, 2010

Fun at Gwacheon National Science Museum

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:45 pm by catsinboxes

With Jinny and Lisa

August 11, 2010

Too Tall!

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:55 pm by catsinboxes

February 1, 2010

Don’t Breathe on the Cake!

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:57 am by catsinboxes

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