rice stalk

Rice run – a new perspective

After moving to Canada from Japan, my husband and I had a lot of adjustments to make. One thing that stayed constant was our need to keep eating our favorite Japanese rice. Back in Japan, the closet grocery store was steps from our door. We could buy an easy to carry bag of rice whenever…

rice paddy in Katagami

Rice run – the burden

Moving to Canada from Japan was a huge adjustment for my husband and I. Besides the weather, crazy drivers and the necessary evil of cover letters (a requirement in Canada with many job applications), our beloved Japanese rice caused some of the greatest strain. We managed to run out of rice more than once. To do…

washlet toilet

Culture shock and showering toilets

Culture shock can include the obvious like language, food and climate as well as the more advanced (for me), like toilets. Moving to Japan was the fourth time I had lived (or tried to) like a local in a new country. The first was Finland for a university exchange. Much later was volunteering in rural…

a pickle jar as big as my hand!

Expectations and culture shock

Since we had seen her last, our friend had spent three weeks in Japan visiting her family and friends. She wasn’t sure how the visit would go but had no expectations and found the trip really nice. This was a big change from the previous trip to her homeland where she had high hopes of moving back yet ended…