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Solitary Hanami Hike

Solitary Hanami Hike

We took advantage of a beautiful day to go on a hike where nobody else was likely to be – up the typhoon damaged back train to Iyogatake’s cherry blossom area. Getting up the mountain was an interesting puzzle of over, under, and around the fallen trees....
Toilet paper crisis

Toilet paper crisis

We have a crisis. There’s a run on toilet paper (and hand sanitizer and masks) thanks to the coronavirus. People are panic-buying every last roll.  We were ok, because we’d bought an 8 roll package recently as our stocks dwindled. Eight rolls last a long...
Happy 2020

Happy 2020

Welcome to the year of the rat. This is the 6th in the “new year elephant zodiac” series, starting with year of the horse in 2014. This year we did not send nengajo because of Mom’s death but I wanted to keep the elephant series...