Bracing for typhoon Hagibis

Hi there!

We have another typhoon heading towards Japan this weekend. So, we have been trying to prepare for it as well as we can.

Yesterday, TEPCO came and cut lots of branches off the tree that fell down behind AES in the last typhoon. It is much safer now. They will remove the rest of the tree at a later date.

They put a support underneath it, so it shouldn’t be able to fall down in the typhoon.

I boarded up some of the windows at AES this morning.

There is so much debris that is going to fly around this time. A lot of houses have sheets on the roofs as they are still waiting for them to be repaired from the last typhoon. People are worried that these sheets will all blow off and wrap around the powers lines, which will cause another power cut.

Anyway, fingers crossed it’s not too bad!!



Hi there!

A massive typhoon hit Chiba last night. All our neighbors said it was the strongest one they have ever experienced. We were very lucky as our house only suffered a little damage.

When I went to check our English school, I was in for a surprise though.

Its only a few minutes from our house, but there was definitely more damage there.

Then, I got to our premises and couldn’t believe that the massive tree right behind the classroom has fallen down!

The tree is only being held up by the electric cables.

I couldn’t get through to City Hall as all the lines are down. So, I drive down there and they sent some people out to look at it. They are going to cut the whole thing down. Just hope my neighbor will pay for his wall to be fixed!!

Hana and Maki seem pleased to be off school, but not happy to be without Wi-Fi!

Hope we get the power back on soon. I was helping some elderly neighbors this afternoon and the heat index was 41 degrees. Way too hot for them…….


Trip to Shizuoka

Hi there!

We just came back from a trip to Shizuoka. We weren’t sure if we would be able to go, as there was a typhoon making landfall at the same time. However, it was further south than where we were going so even though we did get a bit of rain, it was fine.


We left home at 5 am, and missed all the traffic! We got to Atami at 7 am and had some breakfast at a place that looked out onto the beach.

Then we decided to go for a drive around and see what Atami had to offer. Then we stumbled on Nagahama Beach! It is perfect for families, as there are almost no waves, and they had diving platforms!

Then we drove through the mountains to our campsite.

BBQing in the rain!

It was nice and cool at the campsite, but we still needed the air conditioner. We all slept well, and all said we want to stay at this campsite again.

Then the next morning we drove across Shizuoka to Awashima Island. We took a boat there from the mainland. The highlight for Hana and Maki was seeing the penguins being fed Japanese style!

Here is a video Hana posted on Youtube:

Nagashi Sakana!

They were first in line when it was time to feed the penguins again!

We had a great time in Shizuoka, and hope to go back again there soon!


Fun day out!

We went to a place called Tondemi in Tokyo today. It’s a great place for kids to play. They had a great indoor climbing area!

Then we went on the trampolines!

Then they had a quick game of Tetris before we had to leave…….

I am not sure who had the most fun, me or the kids!

Anyway, that’s all for now,


One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

A couple of days ago, I saw some workers replacing the cabling on the road by our English school. I asked them if I could have the old cable reels, and they gave me two.

So, yesterday afternoon I got to work on one of them. I cut a bit off the bottom and sanded it down. Then I put some legs on it to make it a bit higher. I had a bit of white paint and some varnish in the shed.

I thought it would make a good desk for the waiting room at AES!

So, I took the desk that was at AES and put it in Hana’s room.

Then, I took the desk that was in Hana’s room and put it in Maki’s room.

Maki is so excited to have her own desk – she wants to eat her tea there tonight!!

Goodbye Koo

Our beloved dog Koo passed away a few days ago. He was over 15 years old, and passed away very peacefully.

Hana and Maki wanted to have a funeral for him.

They made a tomb stone to mark where he is buried. Then they wrote messages to him, thanking him for being such a good friend to them.

Then they placed some flowers on his grave, and said their goodbyes.

We will miss you Koo……


I found an old video of Koo here:

Golden Week 2019 – Trip to Kyoto

Hi there!!

We are just on our way back from Kyoto. I am sat on the Aqualine Bus, so thought I would post a few pics from our trip.

On the first day we went to Fushimi Inari Shrine. It was amazing!

My mum was surprised to see them grilling sparrows there…..

We got to Kiyomizu dera at 6:30 am, and it wasn’t crowded at all. By far my favorite temple in Kyoto.

It did rain a bit, but it didn’t spoil it at all.

Hana loved the Golden Pavilion. She likes anything that’s expensive!!

Kyoto Imperial Palace was beautiful. Highly recommend visiting it.

Today we had nice weather, and it helped us really appreciate the beauty of Kyoto.

Even got to see Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen on the way home!!

Anyway, we will be arriving back in Sodegaura soon…..

Bye for now!!