Sayonara Summer & The JWs Have Spawned

This blog has been pretty quiet this summer, for a few reasons:

First of all, the JWs have spawned! The Lord said, “Be fruitful and multiply,” and so we have… our blogs, that is. Don’t get too excited, Mom(s) and Dad(s).

Jordan has started a new blog dedicated entirely to his super awesome culinary creations. Hodgepodge Cookery expands on what he started here under the “Food” category, from recipes to musings about food & culture. Read all about it here, and check out what he’s got going on here.

Janelle’s new project is the intellectual cousin of this blog. As The JWs do Japan is about adventures of the feet, Breaking Moulds is about adventures of the mind, and she wastes no time getting to the heart of everything from faith and culture to gender and gaming. Read more about it here, and check out the latest here. 

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Secondly, while we have been busy tinkering away with our new blog projects, we have gone on few actual adventures ourselves that are worth sharing about on here. Japanese summer is HOT and HUMID, our part of Japan consistently ranking among the most humid regions, and as Canadians used to more reasonable temperatures, we have been waiting out the summer in a sort of reverse hibernation. Where there is air conditioning, there the JWs can be found (unfortunately this does not apply to the 3/4 of our house that is woefully un-air conditioned). One added benefit of this hibernation is that we’ve finally managed to become debt free!

We are very excited to be saying sayonara to summer very soon. Even as I type this, a typhoon approaches, which will of course bring humidity and rain, but hopefully leave cooler temperatures in its wake. Travel-related posts should pick up on this blog again soon, since have some adventures planned for the coming fall and winter seasons, as we try to make the most of our last year in Japan. Yes, you read that right – we’re planning to pack it in at the end of this contract year next August and head back to the Great White North at last.

Finally, my camera has been on the fritz since about May or June, so I haven’t been able to take many pictures of the few adventures we have been on since then. I do have a handful of instagram pictures though, so enjoy these snapshots of our summer, until next time!

-Janelle & Jordan

The "Loudest Festival In Japan," Ishidori, in our neighbouring city of Kuwana. Every festival float is equipped with lots of noisemakers, drums and bells mostly, and they go for a solid 48 hours straight.

The “Loudest Festival In Japan,” Ishidori, in our neighbouring city of Kuwana. Every festival float is equipped with lots of noisemakers, drums and bells mostly, and they go for a solid 48 hours straight.

Playing at Yokkaichi Festival in early August with my Taiko group. Can you spot me? ;)

Playing at Yokkaichi Festival in early August with my Taiko group. Can you spot me? 😉

Not-so-awesome summer adventures included the constant battle with a bunch of Suzumebachi (Giant Killer Hornets) that had taken a liking to our backyard. This is a hornet-killing bazooka that can hit hornets up to 15 meters away. Jordan wielded it quite gleefully.

Not-so-awesome summer adventures included the constant battle with a bunch of Suzumebachi (Giant Killer Hornets) that had taken a liking to our backyard. This is a hornet-killing bazooka that can hit hornets up to 15 meters away. Jordan wielded it quite gleefully.

We went to New York this summer! Kidding of course, this is the Statue of Liberty replica in Odaiba, Tokyo. Much smaller than I imagine the New York version to be (it sure looks big in all those movies before it gets destroyed, anyways...)

We went to New York this summer! Kidding of course, this is the Statue of Liberty replica in Odaiba, Tokyo. Much smaller than I imagine the New York version to be (it sure looks big in all those movies before it gets destroyed, anyways…)

 

The one major adventure of our summer was a trip to Tokyo. Here's the giant gundam in Odaiba, during the launch sequence.

The one major adventure of our summer was a trip to Tokyo. Here’s the giant gundam in Odaiba, during the launch sequence.

Also in Tokyo, we finally checked out the Capcom-themed bar in Shinjuku. We ordered ribs, which were boiled and then braised AT OUR TABLE WITH A BLOWTORCH.

Also in Tokyo, we finally checked out the Capcom-themed bar in Shinjuku. We ordered ribs, which were boiled and then braised AT OUR TABLE WITH A BLOWTORCH.

Also at the Capcom bar, we ate BRAINS! From Resident Evil aka. Biohazard, this realistic-looking brain was actually a delicious cream-filled cake covered in raspberry sauce.

Also at the Capcom bar, we ate BRAINS! From Resident Evil aka. Biohazard, this realistic-looking brain was actually a delicious cream-filled cake covered in raspberry sauce.

While in Tokyo, we traced the steps of the main characters in the movie Lost in Translation. This photo was taken in the hallway of the karaoke place featured in the movie. We rented the very same room!

While in Tokyo, we traced the steps of the main characters in the movie Lost in Translation. This photo was taken in the hallway of the karaoke place featured in the movie, if you’ve seen it you’ll probably recognize the pose. We rented the very same room!

The main reason for our trip to Tokyo was to see off our good friend Danny, as he flew back to the U.K. after finishing his contract. Our last year won't be the same without him, but we'll be returning home ourselves in less than a year's time!

The main reason for our trip to Tokyo was to see off our good friend Danny, as he flew back to the U.K. after finishing his contract. Our last year won’t be the same without him, but we’ll be taking off ourselves in less than a year’s time!

 

 

 

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One thought on “Sayonara Summer & The JWs Have Spawned

  1. Great blogs!
    Hey, since you’ve been away for awhile, let me ‘update’ your knowledge of home.
    We are no longer the Great ‘WHITE’ North, as we never get snow anymore. Something to do with the whole global warming thing, so I’ve heard. I’m not buyin it but that’s what they say.
    I don’t know if there is a Best Buy in Japan, but I’m reasonably confident you can buy a new camera there…..you do have one or two technology/electronics outlets in Japan don’t you? 🙂
    Also when ya’ll do come back home next year, my door will always be open to you & Jordan……….even though I usually respond to JW’s by kicking them to the curb and slamming my door on their fingers! 🙂

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