Celebrate: Tanabata 2015

Happy Star Festival, everyone. I'm plagiarizing myself by reposting last year's Tanabata entry (with a few changes). As we're confined to the hotel now before our real move begins, you'll have to make do with last year's pics. But I'll try to get out into the arcades in downtown Kumamoto today and maybe share some Tanabata photos... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Tanabata 2014

Happy Star Festival, fellow Japanophiles! Today, July 7th, is Tanabata, one of Japan's more colorful national festivals. The holiday is officially celebrated on July 7th, but in the weeks leading up to it, bamboo cuttings begin appearing outside shops and in front of department stores, near train stations and next to shrines. People write their wishes... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Tanabata (From the Archives)

My husband returned home this week after being away for nearly two months on a business trip. My "reward" for seven weeks of single parenting is a weekend away to explore more of Japan. (Hooray!) I'm currently up in Okayama and Kurashiki but will be back to the regular posting on Monday. In the meantime,... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Tanabata

Whew, it's been a busy past few weeks! First a trip to Tokyo in late June and this week, a trip to Kumamoto in southern Japan. My family is prepping for a move within Japan and we hopped a plane the other day for a quick househunting trip. It was only as I was walking... Continue Reading →

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