Happy Anniversary!

— Just a quick post to commemorate momiji * diary‘s 1st birthday! Yay!!! I still can’t believe it’s almost been an entire year since my very first post. I originally started this blog in… Continue reading

Daruma-dera in Suzuka, and a kyudo update

This blog has been (so far) focused on my visits outside of Mie Prefecture, which is a bit of a lapse on my part, because there are some awesome things about my home… Continue reading

Relaxing in Gifu

November 23rd was a public holdiay, and thus the perfect weekend for the annual teachers’ trip at my middle school. Last year we went to Shizuoka, but this year we went somewhere closer… Continue reading

Yabusame in Kyoto

About three weeks ago, my friend (and fellow Mie JET) PL and I traveled to Kyoto for a day trip, mainly to watch our first yabusame event at Kamigamo Shrine. But first, there was breakfast!… Continue reading

Anticipating “Koyo”

Anyone who has ever looked at art or poetry from Japan has probably noticed the large amount of attention Japanese people pay to nature and the passing of seasons. The weather patterns and… Continue reading

The Changing of Seasons

The air has gotten chillier recently. The most recent typhoon miraculously blew away the summer’s humidity in one single weekend, and it’s been glorious ever since — the sun, though bright, no longer burns; the… Continue reading

Mid-Autumn in Kobe

  Happy Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) everyone! Sadly, this is the only picture I got of the Harvest Moon this year. My trip to Kobe was cut short because of a few unfortunate happenings… Continue reading

Speeding through Tokyo

From August 19th – 22nd, I travelled to Tokyo for a short vacation. Yes, yet another solo trip. Tokyo is the largest and densest city in Japan, but it somehow reminded me of… Continue reading

A Dream

I recently stumbled across some haiku from Japanese photographer Kawauchi Rinko. Until now I’d never realized she sometimes paired her photographs with poetry — I had only briefly looked at her work while researching for my… Continue reading

Climbing Mt. Fuji

— I’m writing this while still recovering from very sore legs two days after the climb, so that’s how strenuous it was (for me). But it was such an awesome experience, and I… Continue reading

JLPT & upcoming Osaka weekend

Lately, my evenings and free time at work have been filled with studying. I can study even more at work this week, because the students are cramming for tests on Thursday and Friday… Continue reading


I have a bit of a weakness for visiting temples and shrines in Japan. Not so much for the kami or for the Buddha/bodhisattvas the buildings are dedicated to (although the architecture is certainly… Continue reading

Youtube Finds: Short Animations

I’m subscribed to a few interesting people on Twitter (@brainpicker is a favourite), and sometimes the topics I browse through pique my curiosity enough that I Google for more of the same. These… Continue reading

A cool summer day

There was an incredibly loud storm on Monday, with the subsequent effect of the humidity lowering itself to almost nothing yesterday. The wind was cool, the sun was around but not too bright… Continue reading

Kyoto: Part 3 – The Delicious

One of the greatest culture shocks when I moved from Toronto to Japan was the sudden change in food options. No longer could I just head to a certain area of the city… Continue reading

Kyoto: Part 2 – The Beautiful

From my middle school days, the samurai were one of the main reasons I became more and more interested in Japanese history. Who could resist the idea of swordsmen so skilled and disciplined that they… Continue reading

Kyoto: Part 1 – Cherry Blossoms in Gion

Today is April 9th, and the first day of the new school year here in Japan. There was a opening ceremony today for the incoming first-years — there was also a ceremony for… Continue reading

Looking forward to spring…

Time for an update! I barely posted anything about my winter trip over on Facebook, with the intent of sharing it on here instead. But somehow it turned out into a long tale that took… Continue reading

Malaysia: Days 5 – 7

With the start of the new year, new responsibilities were also looming on the horizon. KH & JK returned to work, HZ only had vacation leave until the 3rd, and AN would start at… Continue reading

Malaysia: Day 4

Day 4 was New Year’s Eve, but when you’re surrounded by palm trees it doesn’t really feel like the last day of the year… Our first stop for the day was the Kek… Continue reading