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Me in a vibrant kimono. If I remember correctly, this kimono signifies a young, single lady ready to be courted. Hello friends, I woke up early today to appreciate the warm spring morning. I made oatmeal, brewed some coffee, and sat on my front stoop, listening to the robin’s birdsong. I love spring for many reasons, these are just a few of them. I took full advantage of this week and went… Read More

Last week, Colleen and I went hiking at Westwood Nature Nature. Colleen has now returned to China. I miss her a lot. Hello friends, Spring has come (haru ga kite). I say this because while cycling around town, I see the beginning signs of spring. The hedges outside my house once had fuzzy protective buds, but now I see small specs of green erupting from their cores. Outside my window, I see… Read More

It’s almost Christmas!┬áHere is Colleen decorating the tree. Hello friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did. My sister and I cooked dinner for our family, except for my Mom’s Uncle Ben’s Rice. It had been 5 years since I shared Thanksgiving with my twin sister, and for that, I am grateful. I’ve been pretty busy since mid-November. I told you all in my last blog that… Read More

Hello friends, I am back home in Minnesota. I arrived 3 days ago. As I write, I am sitting in my family’s porch, enjoying the view of the lake. It’s a sunny, hot morning. I can hear the bees flying about, foraging for pollen and nectar. The birds are chirping and the red-wing-black-birds are squawking. I can also hear crickets and frogs. These are the benefits of living next to a marsh… Read More

Me posing with some middle schoolers. Cute uniforms, ne? Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing well. Right now, I am on the Bullet Train (Shinkansen-Nozomi) to Tokyo. I have spent the last 10 days traveling around the Kansai area (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Ise.) I left Tokurin-Ji two weeks ago and said my farewells. I had a wonderful time at the temple and learned a lot about myself. I also… Read More

I went to Nagoya Castle with Lin-San. I wanted to show him my zazen skills! Hey everyone, it’s been a week since I last talked with you. I hope you are all doing well! I heard about the Boston Marathon Bombing and I felt very sad for the families affected. I felt many emotions and it was obvious in the temple that Mori-Chan (me) was not her normal self these last couple… Read More

Me with my little friend Joti-Chan and the wedding couple. : ) Hello friends, I’m just chilling in my room, taking a break from studying Japanese. I’ve been improving, but I’m still quite awful. Well, let’s see… I’ve been at Tokurin-Ji Temple for over a week now and I have really enjoyed being here. The week long Sakura festival was a lot of fun and very beautiful. I kept busy by helping… Read More

Tokolinji Temple, my new home. Hello friends, my Mom sent me a Happy Easter email. I almost forgot, so I just wanted to say Happy Be-lated Easter to my Christian friends! Also, Happy early Birthday to Buddha for my Buddhist friends. I’ll be spending April 8th at Uniyama, which has a BIG celebration for Buddha. They dress up the whole town, I think even the castle! I’ll be going with my new… Read More

The Japanese Alps and Azumino. Hello again, It is Saturday March 30th and it is my last full day in Azumino. I really like it here. I have made many friends who I will miss very much (Hiroshi, Kinu-San, Miyako-San, Tomoe-San, Muki-San, Erica, and many more). But, I’m on an adventure. I am here to see the world, which means I must depart to find other great places and meet other equally… Read More

Hitsujiya Cafe. My workplace. Hello friends, As I type, I am comfy-cozy in my tatami floor futon. It’s been rather nippy, so I have my room heater on (or as my friend Sam would call it, the At Home Atomic Bomb! Since, it is run by kerosine and flames.) I also have 4 blankets on top of me. Brrrr… I am lucky enough to work at 12:30 today, so I get to… Read More