Making it Up As I Go
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Here’s more cherry blossom pictures from this week. We went to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden again and it was absolutely magical. That white stuff on the ground is cherry blossom petals, and when the wind kicked up, it “snowed” petals everywhere.   This whole situation just made me laugh. There were a few couples taking […]


The other day, as we were talking about China during history, Z said, ” I want to visit China. I wonder if it’s like what I think it’s like. Japan wasn’t like I thought it was like.” I have to agree with her. In some respects, Japan is exactly what I thought it would be. […]

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I just realized that I didn’t do a post for week 3, because I didn’t finish anything that week. Oops. I was reading Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay over the week, but didn’t finish it, as it’s infinity pages long. I’m still working on it. This week I reread The Translator by Nina Schuyler for book […]


Because sometimes you just have to empty out your brain. I can’t stand the words “feels”. As in “That made me feel all the feels.” Or, “This got me right in the feels.” Can’t stand it. I hate the rumba. (Not to be confused with the roomba. I think that little robot guy’s pretty awesome.) […]


Yesterday we went to Yoyogi Koen to meet up with friends, and it was the most beautiful day. It’s like Tokyo decided (like the rest of us) that it was tired of being cold and decided to be warm, RIGHT NOW. Sunny, warm, gorgeous. The girls and their friends rode bikes, climbed trees, kicked soccer […]

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I was going to post pictures of the flowers I saw yesterday- spring is blooming and it’s beautiful. But as I was going through the pictures to post, I ran across these, and decided to post them instead. It’s crazy how their faces are the same even as they’ve grown, and crazier that they were […]

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It looks like I read almost nothing this week, but I’ve just been very dilettantish about my reading. After I finished the only book I actually finished this week, I bounced around through about 5 others, finishing none of them. Ah well, it happens. The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia is the book I […]


Today we explored Shimo Kitazawa, a little area a bit northwest ( I think?) of Shibuya, where Bruce works.  It’s an awesome neighborhood, filled with little stores and restaurants. The girls got tired of exploring before B and I did, so we’ll have to go back again at another time. Here are some of the […]

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These are the books I read this week. After finishing The Golem and the Jinni, I had to go with non-fiction to get my head back to reality before I jumped into another fictional world. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland was perfect for that. […]


Today we went into Jiyogaoka to do some grocery shopping, and Tiny asked if we could take Z to a temple that she and I had visited. So we took a little walk. Once there, I found a little fellow I hadn’t noticed on our last visit, and had some fun taking pictures of him […]