Where’d my September go?!

Wow… September came and went without a peep from me. Now how’d that happen? I’m usually such a charming and talkative fellow (as you all know).

September was, if I were to summarize it into one word, busy. If I were to summarize it into one word emphatically, it was busy. If I were to… okay, you get the point. Since I can’t think of any good segues before I continue with a more interesting topic, let me throw some photos at you!

It's blue.. rice!

Better than Green Rice

First off, we’ve got some blue rice (and the delicious mabo dofu. I know it’s simple and easy to make, but it’s just so good!). Why is it blue? Dunno! When you live alone, sometimes you get bored and decide I’M GOING TO MAKE BLUE RICE NOW! No one objects (because you live alone), so you make blue rice. I really should get married.


Watermelon... CAKE!

Watermelon cake!

It’s a cake that looks like a watermelon! Why? Well, you should really stop asking. I really have no good reason for half the stuff I make. I figured I’d make a cake, summer was ending, and (in Japan) watermelon is associated with summer. So I made a cake that looks like one. Obviously.

And lastly…


Peanut Butter and Brownie

Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved brownies far more than any other cakes or baked goods. Pound cake is a close second, but nothing tops brownies. Nothing. So to commemorate one year since moving to Tokyo (and one year at my current job), I baked some brownies mixed with peanut butter (and topped with a peanut butter glaze!) and brought them to work. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your own mile stones.

But more seriously, yeah… I can’t believe a year has already passed since packing up in Yamaguchi and moving to Tokyo. It feels both like yesterday and forever, all at the same time. There’s a lot I miss about my time as an English teacher in Yamaguchi, but I am glad to move on to other things. I may be busy, but I’m at least immensely satisfied with my job now, and that counts for a lot in your overall perception of your life.

Outside of work, I’ve been busy studying for the next Japanese character exam (the kanji kentei). I passed level 5 back in the summer, which puts me squarely at an elementary graduate level for writing. I’m going to try level 4 later this month, which will have me writing kanji at a level equivalent to a junior high school student. I’ve got another month left, so wish me luck!

Other than that, I can’t believe it’s already October! Ever since I was a child, this has always been my favorite time of the year. You’ve got Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas/Jason!’s Birthday/New Years, all rolled up into one, highly concentrated season. There’s just enough time to enjoy it and not too much that it all gets old and boring.

I’ll actually be doing stuff and going places this month (as opposed to reading books and studying, like I did all September), so I’ll have a little more to write about. Hopefully it’ll be of some interest. If not… well, I’m sure I’ll post more pictures of bizarre foods.

And on that note, it’s time for me to finish up a few things and go to bed. Back to work tomorrow!

1 comment to Where’d my September go?!

  • Megu

    I surprised! I haven’t ever seen the blue rice. Green cake like a watermelon is a chocolate taste? The peanut butter and brownie is great. It looks like delicious very much.
    Congratulations for one year, in Tokyo living!

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