Matsuyama Move

Well, the official news is in – I only have another couple months to enjoy my life out here in Hojo…

the many seasons of hojo japanGoodbye Mountain View…

because I am moving into the city this summer!

The Board of Education just sent out our new employment information – and I am listed at schools in Dogo – in Matsuyama city. I am quite excited for the change of pace. Although my apartment will be much smaller than my current place, I think the advantages to living in the city, closer to friends, transportation, etc etc, will make it worthwhile… not to mention being literally seconds away from the oldest and one of the most famous hotsprings in Japan!

So, goodbye to Hojo,

the many seasons of hojo japanGoodbye Mountain View…

But Hello Dogo!

AND, on a completely UNRELATED note, here is an VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE on the issue of teacher’s in Japan with tattoos.

On to the next adventure


McDonalds Size Differences

For the sake of RESEARCH, I went to McDonalds this weekend so I could snap a picture of the small serving size. I ordered a “small vanilla milkshake”, and this is what I got:

a small's smallSmall Size in Japan

As you can see, it’s so small that more than half the straw is sticking out. I don’t even think the “kiddie” size at home is as small as this. A quick search online brought me to an image that shows the USA small next to the Japan small, which shows the extreme difference. It also confirms my suspicion by noting that the Japan small is 375ml smaller than USA’s kiddie size:

America versus JapanAmerica versus Japan – S Size. Photo Credit

I will leave you to make your own conclusions on what these sizes say about each country. It certainly is quite the difference, and I wonder what the Japanese would say seeing North Americans walking around carrying large size pop’s from McDonalds with which you need two hands to carry…

And Tara, yes there is Subway and Quiznos in Japan. There is a Subway right by the main train station in Matsuyama, although honestly I have only eaten it once!

That’s all for now! Hope everyone had a good weekend, and Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there, especially mine! Happy Father’s Day Dad! xo

Weekend Photos

In true Japanese style, I documented my weekend via pictures of food.

Friday Night

dinner & drinks on friday night
Friday night’s dinner and drinkshoroscopes

Horoscope device on the table!

A beautiful display of veggies
Salmon & Cream Cheese. This was so delicious!sashimi
Delicious sashimi!

Saturday Night

Zeno happily grilling up some meat