Thursday, June 20, 2013

June Adventures

June has been surprisingly eventful so far. My friends and I held an epic pig roast in a big park in a nearby city. It wasn't quite like Filipino lechon, but it was still delicious. Here, don’t these look yummy?

Epic Pork Roast

Dripping Off the Plate

Outdoor Grillin'

The following weekend, I drove down to Nikko, in Tochigi prefecture, to see some famous temples. On the way back, I stopped by Nasu and took some pictures with a gigantic…hamster. Actually, it’s a capybara, the largest rodent in the world.

I'm a Guy on a Rock

"The place of Kendo's rebirth"

Kendo's Rebirthplace


Like Bruce Lee's Game of Death

Mon 2


Sorry, lady

Mon 3


More Gold

Sitting Archer

Angled Gold

That was a really long flight of steps

Going down


Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil

I am the Guardian

Largest hamster ever. Also, forgot my hair wax.

No idea what this is, but it was chillin' with the capybaras.

Nasu's mascot, a big nasu (eggplant)

Saw this cutie, too.

 On Monday, I was invited out to dinner by my former supervisor, Supes! He wanted to take me out to dinner again one last time before I left Japan to go back home. We went to the same place he took me when I first arrived three years ago, an izakaya called “Otaru.” Otaru is a city in Hokkaido, and a very lovely spot during the Snow Festival. Anyway, he was holding this long cardboard box. I thought it was something he picked up from work, or a big poster or something, until I realized that it must be something for me. What a pleasant surprise.

Modeled after Date Masamune's sword
Now, how am I supposed to bring this home?

Word of the Day: 伝統的 「でんとうてき」 “dentouteki,” or “traditional.”


  1. If you like epic pig roasts, you'll be home in time for the Esser 4th of July Bonfire (on July 6th).

    1. Oh, no, I'm gonna miss it! Not 'til August, man!