Last week was blah. The weather was cool and rainy (no fun since I bike to school). I’ve been feeling kind of awkward at work, and it’s all left me a little bit homesick. So John and I decided to have a low-key weekend. Saturday, though, the weather was too beautiful not to venture out. We met up … More We found a magic cafe.
Our friend Amy visited from Seoul a few weeks ago. Since she lives in the big city, we though we’d partake in some real bumpkiny Nakatsu activities! First we popped by the local kagura (Japanese ritual dance) festival. This kagura featured a priest taming an oni, or demon, well-played by a rambunctious kid. Then we went to the cosmos … More A Very Inaka Weekend
The kids at school informed me that today is Pocky Day, because 11/11 mimics the shape of the classic cylindrical snack. Apparently this is a real thing—in 1999 Ezaki Clico Co Ltd. created “Pocky & Pretz* Day” as a form of customer appreciation/marketing. What can I say? It worked, because a whole class of my 7th-graders coordinated … More It’s Pocky Day!
I miss my figure drawing group back in Chicago, so I was grateful when the art teacher at my countryside school invited me to join his. I’ve only been to two sessions so far, but they’ve been really satisfying. Group members take turns posing for ten minutes each, and then we lay out all our drawings … More Art Exhibit at Nakatsu Library
One of my colleagues just shared with me the hilarious/traumatic northern Japanese tradition of Namahage. The Namahage are demonic gods who make their rounds on New Years Eve and terrorize children into good behavior. They bust into a house, wail at the kids, and sometimes even try to kidnap them for being naughty or lazy! Please enjoy these Namahage videos; I know I did! [Featured image: “Namahage” by kanegen – … More Namahage