Free Voice Lesson

Well, even good singers need constant improvement. So, my friend recommended this free voice lesson on youtube to help me improve my skills. This girl is a professional singer, and I really learned a lot of things from her. Check out her video and see how it helps you.




Crows are really big, black, and a little scary here. But, just like any other city animal, they find meals wherever they can. This one snatched a spilled bowl of ramen on a bus bench, then went to the road to savor his lunch.

Ramen and Crow

Golden Week

Golden Week starts tomorrow!! That means a whole week off work! It is one of the wonderful perks of living in Japan, a national holiday that lasts a week! But unfortunately, because everyone has time off, in typical Japanese fashion, everything is extremely expensive!! So, I have no official Golden Week plans, just relaxing.

Tonight, Jenny is coming over and spending the night. Thursday is Japanese lesson and ikebana lesson. And as for the rest of the week, maybe I will go to a museum or the aquarium or something. If I were a serious student, I would study lots of Japanese, but I cant say that I am a serious student, so there goes that idea. Maybe I will study a little bit. I might do some shopping instead to get ready for my trip back to the U.S. We shall see.

But, sorry to all those who do not have an actual Golden Week vacation back home, or are stuck with a Bronze Weekend, as Jen calls it, over here in Japan. I shall think fondly of all of you and enjoy myself on your behalf!

A Convenie Treasure Hunt

Tonight I had a craving for gyouza, chinese fried dumplings. They are totally delicious, pretty cheap, and available at most convenience stores. So, tonight during Jen and my nightly walk, I decided to buy some gyouza at the convenie that we pass by about halfway through our walk. Well, we went there, but no gyouza. It was a little sad, but just down the road we found another convenie. It just so happened to be a bit out of our way. We only had to walk a bit past our usual turning intersection though. But we had to cross the street and really underestimated the speed of an oncoming car. We both bolted across that street like rabbits. It was a little dangerous, but funny after the fact. Unfortunately, there was no gyouza. But just a little further down the road and across the street was yet another convenience store.  Still full of hope, we went… yep, still no gyouza, but we did buy some water with a free cord keeper attached to it.

Satisfied with our water, we got back on track, and continued our walk with no hope of finding gyouza. When we were practically home, we glanced down a side road, saw the familiar glowing green of a Family Mart store, and decided to, yet again, go out of our way to check out the gyouza situation at convenie number four. And still no gyouza. It was simply not the night for gyouza. But, instead, I found a tortilla wrap- the flavor, pizza sauce with a wiener inside. I am not giving my own description here, that is actually what it said on the package. And you know what, it wasn’t all that bad, especially considering that it was just a gyouza substitution. But all of the convenie adventuring was quite fun actually. We had a good walk and really racked up the steps.

Tortilla Wrap

Here Comes the Bride…smaid

Also this morning, I got my bridesmaids dress from Kathy. The color is fabulous, the style is way better than it showed on the internet. It is just too big. So, onto the start of a new adventure. Rachael gets somethig hemmed. A whole new world of unfamiliar Japanese. Hopefully, the hemming people will be just as friendly as the bike people. But, I cannot put this task off, thats for sure! The wedding is next month!!

A Rude Awakening

This morning I shot out of bed to the sound of a high-pitch squeal and a heavy metal sound. I opened my door, saw Jen looking out the window, and knew what had happened: a car accident. Luckily, it was not too serious. Well, serious for the cars, but not for those inside the cars. The worst of the damage was injury to the abdomen due to airbag deployment.

So, not that I have assured that no one was seriously harmed, I will take this moment to complain. This car accident woke me up 100% completely nearly a full hour before my alarm went off!!! I was a little excited to sleep until 9:45, but no such luck. Even now, as I type this blog, my alarm still hasnt gone off. I am going to need lots of coffee this afternoon, thats for sure.

And why do all accidents happen so early in the morning. The same thing happened last time there was an accident outside our window. They never happen at night when, logically, one would think the percentage would be higher with limited visibility. But no, no, no. Always before 9 AM. Maybe peoples coffee hasnt sunk in yet and their relexes are sluggish still.

The driver of one car was a guy and the other a lady. I dont know whose fault it was or how the heck it even happened from the location of the indents. But I will say this; the male driver immediately went over and helped the female driver, who was suffering from the airbag impact. He stayed with her the whole time, holding her up on the road in his arms. That is very kind. Most people would have just let her stay in the car, especially if it were their fault. But this guy even helped her make a phone call and helped with the paramedics. It was only after she was safely escorted into the ambulance that the paramedics attended to him, putting on a much needed neck brace.

And, on a side note, the back door in ambulances here in Japan opens differently. It opens like a vans trunk door- just one big door that opens upward hydraullicly. I think its a bit more efficient than the two-side door option in the states. We might want to look into upgrading.