Liebster Award – acceptance and nominations

Buckets of flowers and thanks to Manasvi over at Memoirs of a Wandering Mind for nominating Hilary’s Global Café aka JapanCanMix for the Liebster Award. I accept!

Rules of the Liebster Award

  1. liebster-awardThank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.
Hitoshi and a horse, Canada

Work with me now, Mr. Horse. Show your best side.

Manasvi’s questions for the nominees

1. What was your favorite class in school?

Hmm… I’m in my 40s and enjoy learning, which means a lot of classes in a lot of schools. Taking a different path, my favorite class in the school of life has been raising our ever-changing baby-chan.

2. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall in Canada and Japan. The smells, colours, changing air, and transitions are always rejuvenating.

3. Do you have pets?

Nope. Maybe a dog in the future?

4. What is your favorite childhood memory?

One would be a surprise trip to Hawaii in junior high. Our parents told us just before and off we went to Oahu. Trying snorkelling at an isolated beach, eating cheese and bacon croissants for breaky, learning to use poi balls at the Polynesian Cultural Centre, getting freaked out by Unsolved Mysteries on TV, and playing McDonalds Monopoly were highlights.

5. What is your favorite dessert?

Anything sweet and delicious. More specific? Cupcakes with tons of icing. Nanaimo Bars. Panna cotta. Ice cream. High quality macarons. Decadent cakes from boutique Japanese bakeries. Lemon mousse made with real lemons.

recreational path in Tokyo

my running route – Adachi Ward, Tokyo

6. What’s the must-visit spot around your hometown? If you could, name a place better known by local people.

Not sure about my hometown but in Tokyo, I loved walking along the Arakawa River near our apartment on Heart Island in Adachi Ward. I don’t think too many visitors would go there and the view is gorgeous, especially after a storm.

7. What are your goals for 2015, if any?

There are many but one that is consistent is being a present, mindful mom and partner in raising our child.

8. What are you most grateful for in your life?

Family and friends and a roof over my head.

9. What is your favorite place in this world?

Beside my hubby and baby.

10. What would you do if you won the lottery?

Easy! I will assume $1,000,000. Invest 25% into exchange-traded funds, 25% to my parents and Hitoshi’s parents for travel to see us and go where they want, 35% to buy a modest home in Japan and pay off Canadian home, 10% into a fund for baby, and 5% to travel for 6 months around the world.

11. If money was not a concern, what would you most like to buy?

A way to stop the ridiculous violence destroying humanity, an end to climate change, and a way for humans and the environment to live peacefully.

icy rural highway

navigating a lovely, icy, rural highway in Canada – it was -36 C (Credit: Hitoshi)

My nominations

The rule for nominations is blogs with under 200 followers. For some, I don’t know the follower count but the blogs are too fabulous not to include. For the rest, I used the WP follower count only. And if you have been nominated and this is where you are finding out, stay posted! Your nomination comment will arrive soon.

1. Gozumezu – This is my hubby’s blog. I love his Japanese stories and way of telling them.

2. Ichigoichielove – Ri/Risa/Lisa has a fantastic collection of stories, blasts from the past, newsy roundups and commentary on all things Japan with a dash of Sweden.

3. The Days of Hanako – A talented cartoonist sharing funny moments as a Japanese woman living in Toronto with her Canadian husband.

4. The Good Shufu – I love Tracy’s intriguing and thought-provoking questions and of course, am looking forward to her book.

5. Rei Saionji – A fantastic site filled with articles about Japan with unique twists. I love how Rei approaches her work.

Monk's Training Climbing Route

climbing the Men’s Route for Monk Training, Onomichi, Hiroshima (Credit: Hitoshi)

6. Brave Enough to Start – I told Nicola that I felt like I was talking to my twin. I can’t wait to read more as this family gears up for a world journey.

7. My Bold Move – Reading updates on getting a farmhouse in Norway fixed up was a delight. Newer posts focus on Bangkok, a personal favorite. I’ve got some catching up to do.

8. Crazy Chinese Family – I recently started reading this blog written by a Finnish hubby and his Chinese family. Having spent a uni year in Finland many moons ago, it’s fun to see a Finnish perspective again!

9. Marta Lives in China – Here is another intercultural couple, this time Marta from Spain and her life in China. My favorite post so far has been all about trains.

10. Wandering Myra – I really enjoy Myra’s posts, especially her “Things I’m Loving” series. She spent time in Japan and is now in Hawaii in school.

11. Pintsized Wanderlust – I haven’t checked out this blog for a while but have enjoyed the thorough and interesting posts on travel around the world.

rickety dock - Fukuyamashi

Fukuyamashi, Hiroshima Prefecture

Questions for the nominees, and you, too!

1. What is one thing you would like to share with me about you?

2. What do you value?

3. What food says home to you?

4. What would you like to do over if you had the chance?

5. Do you prefer to handwrite or type and why?

inside an old Japanese bus

taking the bus to Dakigaeri Gorge near Kakunodate, Akita

6. What does culture mean to you?

7. Can art and science walk together?

8. What tune gets you moving?

9. What is your favourite smell?

10. Is astrology accurate?

11. If you drive a car, what is your first reaction when you see a yellow light?

thank you toe socks

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Thank you for the chance to continue the chain of sharing appreciation for exciting and interesting work around the web!

Feel free to answer one or more of the nominee questions below, even if you aren’t on the nominee list. It’s a treat to find out more about you!

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9 thoughts on “Liebster Award – acceptance and nominations

  1. Hilary, that picture of the rural highway sent chills down my body – it looks so cold!!

    I would have different reactions depending where I am if the light changes to yellow. In Canada, I would slow down and stop. In Taiwan, I would check my rear view mirror and judge according.

    • Thanks, Constance! I love that rural highway picture. I think even the light looks blue. It’s that special time when my husband wonders how people survive in these types of conditions. 😀 Honestly, he thought he was going to die when we came to Canada the first time i(in December of all months) and he (unfortunately) saw the weather forecast. Oops!

      Really? That’s so interesting about the yellow light question! Do you people stop at red lights in Taiwan or keep going, too? I don’t remember people burning through red lights when I got my driver’s license, um, a really long time ago. Now it’s pretty common to see people running red lights. Yikes!

    • Ha ha! Aren’t they? I love those Thank You socks but they have unfortunately gone… to a better place. 😦 And yes! The Liebster was a surprisingly intense award to accept… much more work than I imagined, but very much worth it. Back on socks… are silly socks all the rage in India? Is that a silly question? Maybe bare feet are the norm unless it’s a school uniform or work?

  2. I love your socks. I love your dessert/sweet list. And I love your scientific breakdown of how you’ll spend your winning. Congratulations on your award, well done! Looking forward to checking out your nominated blogs x.

  3. Congratulations – a well deserved award. You have thought up such interesting questions too. I wish I had time to check out all the blogs you nominated, but I am trying to cut down on the amount of time I spend reading blogs as I don’t have enough time for all the posts waiting to be written.

    • Thanks much! I agree with you about reading other blogs. I have soooo many that I want to look at. In fact, I’ve got over 20 windows open right now of other blogs to eventually look at, but I know it isn’t possible to do that. I want to write more too. I’ve decided that I need to focus on getting only one post out a week and if I can do more, great.

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