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Over fifty married couple

Over fifty married couple

Today, we escaped the power outage and drove an hour north to the nearest movie theater. We saw our first 4DX movie with motion and atmospheric effects. The film was a cute anime called Weathering with You in English. 天気の子 in Japanese. It was beautifully animated and...
Power’s back

Power’s back

96 hours later, we have electricity again. First things first: laundry, dehumidifying, and baking. A hot bath is planned for before bed.
Why not embrace it?

Why not embrace it?

I turned the defrosted fruit into breakfast crepes this morning and the remainder of he fruit is macerating with rum and sugar to go atop a cake later. This is probably more fun than my original plan for these fruits, which was to use them in smoothies. We had lunch...
Kamogawa library

Kamogawa library

I finally have a library card in Kamogawa. It’s taken four years but today we visited, partly to check on their WiFi and outlet situation, and we got our cards. I feel like a proper citizen of the city. We spent 90 minutes exploring the space. Tod figured out...
During and after the typhoon

During and after the typhoon

Charging our stuff at City Hall. Power has been out since Saturday at 4:30 pm. Zan and her cats stayed with us through the storm. She and I did yoga in the living room. No cats allowed. Our cats got cozy in the bed with us. They would like to be housecats permanently!...
Pre-typhoon

Pre-typhoon

Typhoon 19 is on its way, on a course to hit us on Saturday into Sunday. Today, Tod and I prepared by stockng up on food, filling Tilly’ tank, cleaning up outside, and getting all the storm shutters cleaned and ready. The cats do not like the change in weather....
Typh0on #19, Hagibis

Typh0on #19, Hagibis

Social media sources and the news are loudly warning about Super Typhoon 19, which looks like it might make landfall in Japan over the weekend. But where it will hit, and at what intensity, is a matter of speculation at this point. Tod & I are scheduled to go to...
Spicy

Spicy

Jalapeños, habaneros and jalokia (ghost) peppers, locally grown, are a highlight of our late summer farmer’s market shopping This year, we got our chilis right before the typhoon and power outage so we couldn’t freeze them. Instead I sun-dried half of them...
Brave or stupid?

Brave or stupid?

Futatsuyama models his mamushi (pit viper) bite. Futatsuyama fears nothing. He is an unstoppable force, facing down raccoons and playing with snakes. This swollen foot is likely the first of many. A couple of days ago discovered a pair of abcessed wounds on his flank....
Rice straw

Rice straw

The cats are about to get a new winter shelter and it will be padded with the lovely wara (rice straw) from my neighbors’ organic farm. All four cats were very curious about the straw, and soon curled up on top of it for a nap. I think they will enjoy it this...