Izu Life

Izu Life

My first eight months in The Village were fascinating. I was having fun learning how to interact with kids and fumbling around trying to interact with adults.

New of th World

News of the World

My neighbours are crazy, my kids are goobery, there are bugs in my mailbox, and I found the Best. Park. Ever.

A Tale of Too Many Cities

A Tale of Too Many Cities

The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, parties in Numazu, and the Fuji Rock Festival in Echigo-Yuzawa.

Violence, Jail Time & Departure

Violence, Jail Time & Departure

An acquaintance from Shizuoka illustrates the wrong way to depart Japan.

The Many Faces of Fuji

The Many Faces of Fuji

Great coasters and awful weather at Fuji-Q Highland, then a mighty long slog up a mighty big mountain.

...And A Cast of Thousands

...And A Cast of Thousands

Fat people. Post-9/11 security. No Japanese. And a friend-by-friend checklist of people I have to visit.

Chapter 27

Chapter 27

I foolishly agree to do a 40-minute speech in Japanese, then run like the wind to beat a seven-year-old on Sports Day.

Chapter 28

Bringing Halloween to the kids of The Village nearly kills me, and then it's time for the village taiko festival.

Vacillation

Vacillation

As Christmas lessons get underway, whether or not I leave The Village is decided by bedding. 

Great White Norther

Great White Norther

Christmas skiing in Hokkaido: Solitude in snow.

The Silly, Silly Life of Mr. Michael Kanert

The Silly, Silly Life of Mr. Michael Kanert

The story of three girls and the ever-elusive fourth, and the last appearance of The Toronto Girl.