From Fukui, with Love

Big “B”, little “b”, what begins with “B”?

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This is not a post about the little “b”.  It’s about the BIG “B”: THE BUNNY! When we came to Japan a little over a year ago, the Bunny was just 20 months. She was our sweet baby girl, but babies don’t stay babies for long. Our baby girl has turned into a fun loving, curious, and affectionate big girl. The Bunny celebrated her third birthday in December while we visiting with family in Canada.  According to her most recent health check, she is now 99.4cm tall and weighs 16.5kg!…read more

How we spoiled all future Canada Days in Mikuni

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Last Saturday we did what everyone in Fukui and surrounding prefectures did. We were among the hordes of people who travelled to Mikuni to take part in the fireworks festival. About 100,000 people gathered on the shore of the Sea of Japan in the small city of Mikuni. Mikuni’s fireworks festival is said to have the best fireworks display in the entire Hokuriku region. We arrived in Mikuni at around 3:30PM. The fireworks were set to start at 7:30PM and last one hour, but because of the popularity of this…read more

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Japan does “cute” very well

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Two weeks ago I embarked upon my first ever trip to Disneyland: Tokyo Disneyland. My gracious husband stayed home and looked after the Bunny so I could enjoy a girls’ day out with two fantastic women, Mauricia and Michiko. Fukui isn’t so close to Tokyo. In order to keep the cost of the trip down, it required a night bus. That’s right. I thought it was a good idea to spend the night on the bus, followed by a full day at Disneyland, and then another night on the bus…read more

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Things that are not in Japan

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I was asked a while back to make a list of goods that we miss from Canada, so when anyone gets the urge to send us a care package they will know exactly what to send. So here it goes… ***Send us letters and pictures (you don’t need to ship a whole package to make us feel special), but for those of you who want to send lots, this list is for you. 1. Peanut butter (brand = Skippy chunky) 2. Nutella 3. Cheerios (my favorite for the Bunny are…read more

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We have friends everywhere

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I will let you in on a funny story. When Mike and I came to Japan back in August 2011, we really believed that we won’t have any friends here. We imagined ourselves going to a foreign country, where we would be the only native English speakers. Fukui-shi really isn’t a big city. Because of the language barrier and cultural differences, we didn’t expect to make many close Japanese friends either. We left all of our multi-player board games back in Canada (except for Agricola which has a 2 player…read more

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Anpanman Fever

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It’s not Pooh, Dora, or even Ernie, no it’s Anpanman. Anpanman may be Bunny’s favourite word as of late. Back in Canada we tried to discourage Bunny from getting attached to any current children’s TV shows in fear of the ever apparent product marketing directed towards children. The Bunny watched older classic shows like Inspector Gadget and Seasame Street. When we went shopping we didn’t have to fear the Bunny wanting everything in the store that had Pooh bear’s face on it. At least not until now. Before coming to…read more

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We are not alone

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Mike is in Canada as I type and bunny and I are here in Fukui. He had to fly back to Toronto for his interview with JET (http://jetprogramme.ca/). It has been a short but busy trip for him, so if he didn’t get a chance to see you it is not because he didn’t want to. As for me and bunny, it has been a long week without Mike. We miss him so much, but we are not alone. We have been blessed with a great church here in Fukui….read more

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50 things that we like about living in Fukui

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In almost 6 months of living abroad, we have decided that we like living in Fukui. Earlier today our dear friend Corrie asked us what why we like living here. I started to tell her but I was quickly cut off by a screaming bunny. This is the end of our conversation, or, 50 things that we like about living in Fukui: 1. Fukui is close to 3 major cities and cultural centres. Osaka and Kyoto are 2 hours away by train. Kanazawa is closer…but smaller and apparently underrated. 2….read more

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Potty training: The ongoing battle

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The bunny first sat on a potty when she was only 5 months. Now at the age of 2, we’ve come a long way but we still have a while to go before we can say she is potty trained. Regardless, we are very proud of her. Yesterday, the bunny didn’t bring home any dirty diapers from the hoikuen. What does that mean? Everyday the bunny brings a small garbage bag home with all the diapers she went through during the day at hoikuen. Diaper disposal is our responsibility. No…read more

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All about hoikuen

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The bunny attends hoikuen. Hoikuen is the Japanese word for nursery school. Unlike daycare it is suppose to have a learning component. The “senseis” and “encho-sensei”, that’s “teachers” and “principal”, at the hoikuen speak Japanese. This makes communication difficult but not impossible. If you’re in Japan and have a child of hoikuen age – for public hoikuens that’s six months to four years of age – and you don’t speak Japanese, you will need to find a Japanese friend to help you out. Most hoikuens in our area did not…read more

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