Sunday, July 29, 2012


The beautiful castle in Joetsu ..I could seriously live there. It was beautiful and surrounded by trees and water. I have seen numerous traditional buildings and have been to two traditional styled Japanese homes - they are so gorgeous!

 The castles garden and surrounding waters.

 A tadpole in the process of turning into a frog ...

My sweet sister Mady took the time to type up this recipe and email it to me. We made these cinnamon rolls, which took pretty much all day, froze them, and then ate some while watching the Olympic opening ceremony at 5:30 on Saturday morning.

 A museum we went to had this on the wall ...creepy but cool! They also had a ton of stag beetles ... which dont freak me out as much anymore as I have lived with two of them since I got here. .. they are in container of course!

 A cute turtle Lily found while she was walking home. One of the neighbours took it to the police station in order to find its owner.

One ball of yarn and two fabrics that I bought yesterday . It is so easy to spend hours in craft stores!

On a totally different note, people continuously confuse me for my cousin . It is hilarious as the people who mix us up are people who actually know my cousin!

I am off to go watch a movie with the boys :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Japan Photo Update!

Here are a few photos I have taken on my trip thus far :

Taken from the airplane while flying over the British Columbia // Alaska area using the fish eye application on my camera.

 Garden located at a very old temple.

 Tea house in Nikko.

 Temple in Nikko.

An example of the amazing architecture I have come across.

My trip has been so amazing! I have been enjoying it all so very much!The architecture continuously blows \me away along with the polite and respectful attitude of the people.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

One More Sleep!

It is crazy to think that I have one more sleep in this house before I head to Japan!

My sweet Auntie Di sent me an e-mail the other day with the subject line " 2 More Sleeps" . I can't believe it! The jitters are starting to set in. I am soo excited!!

I am thankful to have family in Japan , who have so graciously allowed me to stay with them and have taken care of all the planning of what we will be doing. It will really give me a fuller cultural experience!

 I am  thankful for my family and friends in Canada who have supported me and loved me through this whole planning process.

I am thankful for my parents and siblings who have stayed up late with me, who have supported me, who have jumped up and down in excitement with me, who have helped me pack, who have given me love that is endless . I will miss them dearly!

I am forever thankful for God, who has given me this trip.

Numerous relatives have given great advice about travelling, flying, shopping, where to keep your cash ect. Without it, I would be lost!

I hope to post updates here regularly, and I will also post on facebook.