Meeting an old friend in the park

Took the time last week to see my 2 old friends in the park near my place. Saw only one of them. Her body language says she’s in great boredom. I couldn’t help thinking maybe something bad had happened to the other one.

Getting in to the park Image

Sh….! She’s well asleep.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What about getting up and eat something huh?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Em… It’s so yummy!


“It’s goddamn boring here!”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA




pick some leaves from the ground to play with her.It works!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

She keeps following me when I was leaving…. so touching!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Ohira san 太平山

I took the last week of my holiday to do some hiking with my friends. We went up to one of the mountains called Ohira san太平山 near my place. The view is —-stunning!



Forgot to bring your food and drinks? Dont’ worry! Loads of shops along the way.Image


Let’s check out what’s upstairs!Image

Japanese people like to write their wishes on the locks and put them on the fence.Image

A resting placeImage

Heaps of different trails on the mountain for you to try. This one is 170m long. Wanna try?Image

After walking hundreds of steps up….Image

You will get here! Image


I was surprised as this is the first time I saw someone playing hang-gliding in Japan! I thought Japanese people aren’t into sports, especially this kind which may be too breathtaking for them.Image

Let’s have a cuppa in…… salon!

I aint’ joking! You really can have a cuppa in the hair salons in Japan.

Below is the one I got last week when I was in a hair salon. Yes, the hair dresser gave it to me when she learned that I like coffee. So, it’s free! Actually, they will serve you any kind of drink you like as long as they have it, say, green tea, soft drinks etc. What a good service! Starbucks has one more competitor now 🙂


I’ve got some new friends!









Wait! Have you sensed something wrong? What’s wrong? Actually I barely know them, they are just the dummies I saw in the clothing department of a second hand shop 2 weeks ago. Funny isn’t it?

I guess they wanna give their customers an impression that they aren’t alone while they are doing their shopping, especially on weekdays in which customers are scarce.

I was given a watermelon!

Summer has arrived. I have been teaching summer classes run by the government in my prefecture. In one of the classes, a student gave me a watermelon after the lesson! A watermelon probably doesn’t mean much if it happens in any other country, except for Japan. Unlike other countries, fruits are luxuries in Japan. This medium sized watermelon surely costs you at least $15 (or 1500yen).


1 minute later:


I got a tummy ache!

I touched on the topic of Sprite in Japan last year. I said that it has a unique flavour which is so different from other Sprite’s I have ever tried in other countries. As a brand name soft drink which caters for those from little kids up to the elderly, from manual blue collars to top CEOs, it is expected to carry a commonly accepting flavour. Yet, the Sprite here does it the other way. It is sour, which is in stark contrast to most of the common soft drinks on the market which taste sweet.

This topic came up in a chat between me and a Japanese co-worker in the school. I was told that because Japanese people are conscious of their health, they think that (too much) sugar is not good for health, especially in soft drinks in which they are well known for high sugar level.

This week, I was in this grade 1 class in which I used ice creams as a means so the kids could use them to learn numbers 1- 10 in English. I led in to the topic by asking whether they liked ice cream. As anyone can tell, kids love sweets and ice cream so I got overwhelming response. To keep the ball rolling, I replied that I like ice cream too and I eat it every day. Everyone was dumbfounded! They said that I would get a tummy ache if I really do it.

This is Japanese people.