October 30, 2015

The Addiction to Leaf Gradations

First step to recovery is to admit.

So you heard it here first...I am addicted to fall foliage. More specifically, cherry tree leaves.

Last year, I had fun with colored leaves. But this year, I've gone a step further and discovered the beauty of dried colored leaves, if only because I left the leaves out too long after taking a photo.

Aren't they beautiful?

How are you enjoying fall? x

October 3, 2015

The Ayame Festival in Ibaraki

Japan enjoys flower festivals.

So much so that it's almost impossible to get through a season without stumbling upon one flower festival or another. This was back in June (can we just pause the calendar for a minute? time flies!), when my sisters and I got together in Ibaraki, and because this Ayame Festival is apparently pretty famous in these parts, we decided to stop by.

The festival features Ayame, a type of Japanese Iris. A sign said that there were over 500 types of iris growing here. I had no idea there were so many types! We saw a variety of purple and yellow iris, all very delicate and beautiful. I liked how the park had many walkways so you could really see the iris up close.

There is a river the flows along the flower park and you could take a ride up the river in a boat, where someone rows for you old-school style. The park also has a very unique bridge that gives you a great view from above and is picturesque from bellow.

Here are some photos: 

Did you go to any flower festivals this year? Which are your favorites?

Suigo Itako Ayame Park, 1-5 Itako-shi Ibaraki JAPAN
茨城県潮来市あやめ1-5 水郷潮来あやめ園
TEL: 0299-63-1187
Annual Festival: Mid-May to late-June

October 1, 2015

The October Link Love

Hi everyone! Gosh, it is definitely fall around here in Tokyo!

Every year I mourn the loss of summer but at the same time revel in the coziness of fall. Although I desperately yearn for the hot burning rays of summer...the hot drinks, warm sweaters and bold colors of nature that come rolling in the fall are some of my greatest loves. Fall really is gorgeous. It's kind of a conflicting time of the year for me, emotionally, when it comes to seasons. Ha.

Well, last month just flew by quick as a panther. I have a bunch of photos to share from my trip back home to Ehime, which I hadn't been to in over a year. It was good to go back and see all my relatives. I got to eat figs right off the tree...which is a dream come true for me. I LOVE figs. We also made tempura from veggies straight from my great uncle's garden. Nothing tastes as good as fresh vegetables you picked yourself. I loved getting to experience this organic lifestyle...almost wish I had more space in Tokyo to do this myself.

This month starts the second half of the fiscal year in Japan. Lots of new things to experience and work towards at work for me, which is always exciting. Personally, I have a couple of friends coming to Japan (doesn't it seem like everyone is coming to Japan these days???) so I'm really looking forward to seeing them! I think my college friend and I are going to try to eat at the university cafeteria, just for old times sake. Let's hear it for the 230 yen bowl of ramen!

What are your plans this month? I hope you're enjoying this beautiful season of harvest! x

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- The punctuation test.

These were delicious!

- Found this in my mailbox last month.

- Dine in a library? Yes, please!

- Dictionary stories.

- Love these photos of ships from above.

Interesting. Did you walk to school when you were a kid?