Saturday, April 12, 2014

Find Me on Little Snail!

Hi friends!

I can't believe it's been so long since we last posted. Chad and I have been on many journeys since blogging here, and I started regularly updating my own blog in January 2013 with all kinds of fun posts on wordpress! Please find me there! :-)

Little Snail

Lots of love!
xx Caitlyn

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hisashiburi! (Long time no see!)

It's been a couple busy months for us since the last time I posted: in March, we had an amazing trip to Europe (pictures on facebook!), and in May we had our good friends Kreg & Becky come to visit. Although I've been keeping up pretty regular with twitter and instagram, I haven't been able to post in awhile. I can't see things calming down as we've got busy months ahead, but I'll try and get back into posting more regularly.

For today, here is some photo booth action from when Kreg & Becky visited!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dekopon: Sumo Fruit

I was listening to my new favorite podcast, dinner party download, and there was a segment that mentioned a fruit called dekopon. According to the podcast, the fruit is famous in Japan and is starting to be imported into the states. I was surprised to hear I hadn't heard of this "famous" fruit after living here for so long, and decided I needed to investigate. (On a side note, many of my Japanese friends haven't tried it, either.)

I found them easily enough at my local supermarket, at 128 yen a pop.

I heard the fruit is called Sumo in America because it looks like it has a little top knot.

Chad and I cut open the fruit, took a bite, and.... tasted like an orange. Like a mixture of an especially sweet orange and a slightly tart mandarin orange. Personally, since dekopon is a bit expensive, I'll probably just stick with oranges in the future. But I'm still glad I tried something new!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kyoto Pics

Happy cold and blustery Sunday!! We've had a busy weekend, but I've got a moment here so I'm taking it to make a brief post to you lovely readers!

Here are some of the promised Kyoto pictures I took on our little getaway a few weekends ago:
 Yamazaki Distillery Tour
A little open-air space on the way to the Yamazaki Distillery 

Interesting Window 

Snow falling around the distillery
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine


Nishiki Market
 Tonyu Donuts (Made from soy! So yummy!)

Tiny Octopus (about one inch long) at the market


 A Shrine at the end of one of the roads in the market

At a Supermarket

Interesting Signs

Nijo Castle

Interesting Building

Monday, February 20, 2012

Gas Delivery Truck

The weekend before last I didn't have a chance to post because we went to Kyoto for a few days for a little mini vacation. Then last weekend we had Saturday school, I had a ladies night with some coworkers, and Sunday we got to help brew some beer at Rokko Brewery! Makes it difficult to squeeze in blog posts, much as I've been wanting to! I will post some of my pictures from the Kyoto trip soon, but for now I will only post this video of a gas truck. Actually, the gas truck isn't visible throughout the entire video, but it is very audible. I still can't get over how vehicles in Japan can ride by anytime of the day or night blasting loud information/music.

So there you have it. I know that's not the most exciting of videos, but can you get my confusion over the noise pollution?

Oh, and did I mention we're taking a trip to EUROPE next month? Talk to you soon...!

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Chad's foot is almost healed! Here are shots from his journey:

Above, Chad is on the train after getting his cast removed, and having it replaced with a removable plaster cast. Below is a picture from today, with only a tight wrap. If he stops accidentally bashing his foot into things, he should be able to play futsal again in a few weeks or less.

Just as Chad's healing progresses, so too do the sizes of beer cans in Japan. At one of the convenient stores near our apartment you can choose cans running from 135 ml to 500 ml. They used to be available in even larger sizes, but since the earth quake last March they've stopped selling them (something to do with one of the factories breaking down).

Above, cans sized from 350 ml down to 135 ml

Honestly, I don't know who would ever choose a 135 ml can except for that rare person enjoying the novelty of a can that small. I mean honestly, why have a gulp of glory when you could chug a more reasonable amount for only a few yen more? Perhaps as a method to ween oneself off beer? I'm not sure it'll ever be clear to me.

Choco Heart Shu

A few weeks ago, when Chad broke his foot, I thought I'd try getting him flowers or something. Couldn't really find any, but what I did discover was a new cream puff! I bought it at a shop called Hirota that was in Sannomiya Yamate subway station.

The cream puff, called Choco Ha-to Shu, has a layer of hardened chocolate on top, and a chocolatey whip inside. It's supposed to have a heart shape when you cut it open, but ours didn't. I guess because ultimately you don't see the love in a cream puff, you feel it. In your heart.


I hate to say it, but the Choco Heart Shu-cream might just be a rival to Beard Papa's lovely cream puffs!
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