Hanami BBQ

April 3, 2017 Dear Virtual Diary, Spring has arrived and nature on the island is becoming more beautiful as each day. I still have not gotten used to how beautiful the island gets on clear sunny days. I recently got together with some island locals and enjoyed a barbeque. There were supposed to be sakura,…

Japanese Studying Japanese

March 23, 2017 Dear Virtual Diary, Thought that I should take some time and talk about my latest findings with my work in studying Japanese. In regards to speaking… I have certainly improved over the last seven months and no matter how much I beat myself up about having to know more I know it…

Iga, Mie Prefecture

[Written on March 21, 2017] Dear Virtual Diary, Mie-Ken was enjoyable and I feel like I understand the father of the haiku, Matsuo Basho, a little more. I stayed in the small city of Uenoshi in Iga, Mie. The bus and train, from Kurahashi, took around 5½ hours. In total I had to transfer trains…