Bringing in the Harvest

Finally ...finally we are seeing a drop in temperature. The weather has not been on our side this year with torrential rains or one typhoon after the other. It's been really tough on farmers. About two weeks ago our rice was harvested. There are fields all around the area and usually when one farmer is…

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Autumnal Musings…

I scheduled my classes so that I only teach one yoga class next week.... which leaves me time for wandering about the countryside. The temps are dropping into that lovely time of the year when the weather is not hot but itโ€™s not chilly either.... Well... in the evening it is. That time of year…

Autumn and Catching Up

True to the old Japanese calendar, despite the lingering heat we are in the beginning of our extended autumn season. I've written this many times before but one of my very favorite things about living where we do is that our autumn season is long. It actually seems to be the longest season of the…

Wandering….

I was born with this incredible urge to wander. Even as a child I would pack my peanut-butter and jelly sandwich in a baggie and go exploring. I have such wonderful memories of the Wisconsin fields and woodlands. Below is an old photo I took years ago of the field where I would set out…

Preparing for Obon

Obon ใŠ็›† is an annual Buddhist event that commentates one's ancestors. It is believed that the dearly departed come back to earth for a visit during this time. Depending upon the area , Obon is observed at different times during the summer months. In our area Obon falls on August 13,14 and 15. I've seen…

Wednesday in Nogata

Japan is an interesting place to people watch. I teach English in our old town and I ride the trolley over. Sometimes I really enjoy leaving on the earlier train just so I can spend time sitting at the arrival station to " people watch", drink canned coffee and observe my surroundings. My dad loved…

Cultivating Mindfulness

There is a typhoon on the way and we expect the weather to start deteriorating but I was able to walk to and from the gentle, restorative yoga class that I teach. It takes me about 20-25 minutes to walk to the community center building and I can either go through town or take the…