Category: Everyday Life

Coming Soon to Ogijima: Damonte & Co

  There is currently a small problem on Ogijima. In 2016, two of its most popular cafés have closed. Murakami Shoten, the small restaurant owned and managed by Ms Murakami for about 60 years or so recently closed. Ms Murakami’s health didn’t allow her to...

Building a Boat for Ritsurin Garden

  If you visited Ritsurin Garden these past couple of years, you know that now there are a couple of boats on the south pond that allow you to discover the garden from a different perspective (full disclosure: I have yet to ride one of...

Anpanman Train in Takamatsu

  As you may know, Anpanman, or rather his creator, Takashi Yanase, is originally from Shikoku (albeit, Kochi, not Kagawa). As a consequence, Anpanman is probably even more ubiquitous on Shikoku than in the rest of Japan (don’t mark my words, I didn’t actually research...

Morning Dew in Rice Field

  Here is what the rice field near my apartment looks like in the morning these days:     Ok, I’m lying a little bit, I didn’t take this picture recently at all. However, I took it exactly a year ago, so the field actually...

The Rice is Ripe

  A few days ago, I took my annual pictures of ripening rice in the rice field near my house.     It seemed earlier than usual this year.     And indeed, it’s a good thing I took these pictures earlier this week as yesterday,...