うめ/Japanese Apricot Jam

We recently bought some Japanese apricots () . About half of them are being used to make syrup, which we'll drink with soda, and the other half I cooked up as jam, last night. Read More...
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How do you cook your 竹の子/bamboo shoots?

We received fresh bamboo shoots today, so I'm cooking them up! Read More...
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2017 Tacos Party

It's that time of the year when tacos may be found in Naruto. Read More...
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Self-serve Food Kiosks

Every once in a while, you may stumble across one of these kiosks in Japan, where you may buy various food stuffs. Read More...
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A Bird in the Hand...

Recently we've been lucky enough to have some songbirds around our house. I've decided to be a good neighbour to them. Read More...
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A Sampling from bakery nook in Naruto

We sampled some of the goods from a local bakery today. Read More...
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I've got a pocket full of...

I did a little foraging yesterday. Read More...
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Neighbourhood Cats, Beware!

I decided I needed a little help patrolling my property for homeless cats. Read More...
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In Search of Smoke

I visited a local company yesterday to buy some liquid smoke. Read More...
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Fireworks/Hanabi/花火

Today was the annual fireworks festival in Naruto. Read More...
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RELAQ - Good Place for a Workout

I went for a workout today at RELAQ. Read More...
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When it rains...or in this case, snows...

The weather forecast turned out to be true! It did snow overnight, and it continues to snow today. Read More...
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Naruto Moussaka

Today I made Moussaka, but with a twist. Read More...
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1 Potato, 2 Potato, Sweet Potato Pie

Naruto, the city where we live in Japan is famous for a few things, one of which is a brand of sweet potatoes. We recently received some sweet potatoes from friends and have been enjoying them many different ways. One of my favourite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes is in sweet potato pie. Read More...
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Dancing Fools / 阿波躍り

Awa Odori. This is a festival like no other. Simple. Difficult. Passive. Active. Old. Young. Awa odori encapsulates them all. It’s happening now.

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Photography

I went to see a photo exhibit today.

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100 Yen Festival & Chair Race

Sunny and warm, today was a good day for a festival. Read More...
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Cherry Blossoms

Our family went for a picnic today and enjoyed the cherry blossoms. Read More...
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The Case of the Missing Fruit

I had an adventure today when I tried to buy some dried fruit. Read More...
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Adventures in Olive Picking

I did a bit of olive picking today. Read More...
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Olives from our garden.

Today I picked the olives off of our trees. Read More...
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Taking the ferry to work.

I cycled to work yesterday, taking the ferry for part of the journey. Read More...
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Hole-y Cow.

I noticed something interesting on one of my morning walks. Read More...
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Have you tasted Konatsu?

We recently received a box of Konatsu, one of my favourite citrus fruits. Read More...
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Chocolates and Flowers

My daughter made a new flower arrangement. Read More...
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At the beach in Hawaii - NOT!

Work, work, work! It must be done. Read More...
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Muffin's 1st Visit to a Dog Park

Today we took Muffin to a Dog Park. Read More...
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An Honest Day's Work

Today I picked up a huge haul of wood. This wood will provide many hours of heating for our house, once it’s all chopped and dried. Read More...
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A Happy Food and Drink Day

Today we enjoyed sights, sounds, and savoury delights. Read More...
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Cherry Blossoms

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Today, Easter Sunday, was a beautiful day to see the cherry blossoms. It was the last day before our children start school again, so it was nice to be able to go out and have a picnic and enjoy the scenery.


We went to the Sports Park in Naruto because there are many beautiful cherry trees that are low to the ground and lots of open areas to sit under the trees and enjoy the sights. We got together with a few friends and had a good time relaxing, chatting and eating.


The trees were almost at full bloom today and this might be our last chance to enjoy their beauty. By next weekend, many of the blossoms may be gone. We’re thankful we could get together with others and have a nice picnic party.



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Holy Smoke!

Sometimes you just need a little smoke. Read More...
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Snowfall

The weather prediction for today was correct: snow! Read More...
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Festival for financial success

We walked to a local shrine this morning. Read More...
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Warm!

Come, sit by the fire. I’ve a story to tell. Read More...
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all. Here’s how we started the day. Read More...
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Lovely weather? No.

Look, up there in the sky! Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s… hail! Read More...
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Bicycle Kingdom Tokushima Ride in Naruto

Sunday, November 20th was the great cycling event in Naruto. Read More...
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Kama matsuri and Sake matsuri

A great way to start the day - buying some pottery, then drinking some sake. Read More...
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Look what I found!

We went to the bazaar at the Naruto public library on Sunday. Lots of interesting things to see. Read More...
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Sometimes it's interesting to look down.

Naruto’s streets are very interesting. Read More...
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Guess who's in town?

Someone famous was in town today. Read More...
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Naruto City Public Market

Sunday market anyone? Read More...
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Uzumatsuri - Naruto's Whirlpool Festival

Today we went to Uzumatsuri in Naruto. Read More...
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