I've been back in Australia for six months now and it's only been this past week that I've started having serious Japan homesickness. I am yearning for the fluorescent green of the summer leaves, the amazingly cheap and filling meals and the lovely faces of my Panda class.
I've been pouring over my videos and photos with a sad (and occasionally near tears) look upon my faces. Instead of moping. I am going to post some of my favourite bits and pieces from my year in Japan.
Note - I took all the photos so there are no licensing issues.
I miss Kyoto
|This was magical to take in.|
|The biggest cherry blossom - like a gnarled old but beautiful lady,|
I miss Shizuoka
|The view from the playground|
|Incredible - dwellings, gardens and highways all together.|
|My village - Asabata Kita|
|It reads: "This is the field where our food is made. Please don't throw rubbish into it or walk through it.|
|It was so lovely this day - I wanted to eat it up!|
I miss the food
|Oden - how I love you and your years old black soup - so much better than it looks|
|Oh man this was good.|
|Lunches don't look like this at home!|
|Eel, soba noodles and picked ginger.|
I miss the really, really weird stuff
|This was supposed to cure what ailed me...it didn't.|
|Billboards like these on the street?!?|
|Creepy looking vegie statues|
I don't miss really, really bad hair days when rain cannot be avoided.
|The Silver Pavilion is to my left...shockingly bad photo|
Or sleeping and sitting on the floor.
But I have many people I miss terribly...
|Cate, our afternoon jaunts were so much fun.|
|The Juku Boys and myself at the Izakaya (pub) eating, drinking and singing really bad karaoke (well, me anyway).|
|Brandon, a delight to be around - curious, fun and a bow tie wearer.|
|My darling Panda class|
|Kubota - one in a freaking million!|