From Fukui, with Love

We’re almost free from winter!

Posted by in Mary's blog

I don’t like winter.  I have fond memories of liking winter as a child.  I enjoyed playing in the snow with my brothers and sisters.  We built snow forts, had snowball fights, made snowmen and snow angels, and went tobogganing.  I think it was sometime in my teens that I stopped enjoying the season.  I’m just not a fan of being cold. We’ve had a mild winter this year in Japan, and spring is just around the corner (my favourite season!!).  But winter in Japan still feels quite COLD.  I know…read more

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

Posted by in Mary's blog

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

The dishes project

Posted by in Mike's blog

It was a Thursday afternoon. I was feeling particularly frustrated with the giant pile of dishes that had manifested in around the kitchen sink, again.  I had a class to teach in the afternoon, but up until that point I hadn’t accomplished very much that day so far – so I decided to be productive with my final hour before I had to leave.  I thought that if I dedicated a whole hour to cleaning up around the house, surely I could make a large enough impact for there to…read more

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Things that are not in Japan

Posted by in Mary's blog

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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50 things that we like about living in Fukui

Posted by in Mary's blog, Mike's blog

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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Earthquake, wide awake

Posted by in Mike's blog

As a family, we failed at disaster-preparedness. I spent the past couple of weeks completing a term paper for my class in “interventions in situations of trauma”. I was supposed to be focusing on survivors’ experiences from the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami earlier this year, but I couldn’t help but think about what my own reaction would be to an earthquake (and tsunami) throughout most of my research. This morning at 3:58am I found out exactly what that would be, except for the tsunami part. I decided to go…read more

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Powerful wind

Posted by in Mike's blog

High-tech gadgets are more fun when we can use them. When we first arrived in our new apartment in Fukui, we were surprised to see that our place was spacious, modern, and it came with some neat gadgets. About a week later we had some friends over and they helped up translate our gadgets so that we could use them. When they left, I had detailed maps of all the buttons on our washing machine, rice cooker, air conditioner, intercom, stove and toilet. These translations gave me a basic understanding…read more

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My Japanese workspace

Posted by in Mike's blog

I like to work in a nice space, I guess I’m spoiled that way. For me, if I have a desk full of distractions, mess or an uncomfortable space, I have trouble getting my work done. It’s term paper season now, so instead of going on big adventures with my free time I’m staying in one place and doing my schoolwork. I’m on a 1 term paper per week schedule now…it’s kind of a drag. The good news is that I set up an functional workspace. One lesson that I…read more

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