Our Japanese Ghost Story…

Happy Halloween! Dan and I celebrated the, in no way British, holiday in Tokuyama. A lovely city with bars aplenty! However, for this blog we are going to focus on our Japanese ghost stories. Twice we have found ourselves in rather creepy, very old, empty historical buildings that we are certain must be haunted by…

I was Skitting with Joy!

Recently I had the pleasure of watching my students take part in a skit (roleplay!). When I came up with the idea, I felt a little like a mad scientist. Getting my quiet and seemingly terrified academic students to conduct a mini play in English, seemed like an experiment destined to go terribly wrong…I can…

The Beat Cafe

Dan and I have found our little piece of paradise on our local beach. The beach itself has an interesting history as it used to be a blue flag beach that was very popular with families (it has sandy shores, clear water and a calm tide). Then a few¬†years ago there was a boat spillage…

Reflections on Captivity in Paradise

During our Okinawan holiday we visited the very famous Okinawan Churaumi aquarium. This has been on my list for some time, and I was giddy with the anticipation of what wonders it would reveal. The whale sharks were immense. Powerful and dominating the visit for most people. I found them wonderful to watch and extremely…

Look at the Stars, Look How They Shine for You!

During our Okinawan holiday we spent two nights on Zamami Island. It was absolute bliss with clear waters and clean air. One of our best bits of our holiday was the star gazing we did on Zamami. The sky was so clear and the moon at its smallest, so the conditions were perfect! We climbed…