How I’m overcoming my Japanese language learning barrier with apps

Your mobile device can be an excellent language learning partner, especially when it comes to difficult languages like Japanese. After 2 decades in Japan, the apps I can use easily each day have helped me to finally get comfortable with […]

2016 Looking Back Pt3 : My year in photos July-September

Well– 2017 here we are. 10 days in!  I wanted to complete and post a year review in photos, with some reflections of what went on.  I am doing this in 4 posts for each of the quarters of 2016. […]

2016 Looking Back Pt2 : My year in photos April to June

We are well and truly into 2017 now. As I embrace this new 2017, I wanted to complete and post a year review in photos, with some reflections of what went on. Looking back can be an essential part of […]

All Star Food Tour in Tokyo

Finding culture and food on the “All Star Food Tour.” One problem all travellers can relate to in a foreign country is finding a place to eat at. It’s exciting to imagine getting up close and personal with the culture […]

2016 Looking Back: My year in photos January to March

We are well and truly into 2017 now. Even the extended Japanese New Year holiday is almost over. Some folks are back to work today, others will be back from tomorrow! The trash guys resumed their pick ups today, and […]

Thoughts about 2016: Silver Linings

Silver time --Photo from Flickr Johnny Silvercloud

Stuff goes wrong sometimes. Sometimes stuff goes wrong A LOT. I think you notice the going wrong part more as you get older. Maybe the cause is the time slip-stream that makes the days fly by? So the going wrong […]

Must See Tokyo Illuminations 2016-2017

Tokyo Illuminations -- Photo by Lauren Shannon

Before I moved to Japan, I already saw so many news stories and blog posts about wintertime, Tokyo illuminations. Tokyo has so many different places where you can enjoy a wonderful night view with your family, friends and co-workers. I […]

Thoughts About 2016: December 9th Timely

Timely helps you value your time. Photo from Flickr by Artform Canada

Countdown to the end of this year. 22 days left. This month I am writing posts reflecting on what has transpired and where I think I am headed and any advice or offers I can make for 2017. So today’s […]

Thoughts About 2016: December 8th New Stuff

Growing requires trying something new

Countdown to the end of this year. 23 days left. This month I am writing posts each day reflecting on what has transpired and where I think I am headed and any advice or offers I can make for 2017. […]

Thoughts About 2016: Dec. 7th: Resting for Startups

Countdown to the end of this year. 24 days left. This month I am writing posts reflecting on what has transpired and where I think I am headed and any advice or offers I can make for 2017. So today’s […]