I’ve always kind of liked the month of May. It’s not too hot and it’s not to cold and the flowers are always in bloom. This years May, however, was as turbulent as the Japanese weather has proved to be. I also feel the need to apologies for my lack of posts, it’s a been a hard month emotionally and work has been tiring me out more than I would dare admit.
I started off May with a spring in my step thanks to Golden Week! For those of you who don’t know, Golden week is where three Japanese national holidays line up to give you some time off work! They are made up of 「憲法記念日」Constitution day on the 3rd of May, 「みどりの日」Greenery Day on the 4th and 「こどもの日」 Children’s day on the 5th.
Despite not being able to travel during Golden Week due to having recently moved apartments, I was pretty happy just to stay at home! I enjoyed lounging around my new apartment in my pyjamas, enjoying my time with Chad and eating way too much food. It was glorious. Besides, we had just come back from a mini weekend away, so we were refreshed to say the least.
I WENT TO SOME COOL PLACES
Organised by a fellow JET, a group of us had the opportunity to head to Yame, a tea farming area in rural Fukuoka, to pick tea and take part in other activities. There were two packages available, hiking or zen meditation and surprisingly I picked the hiking deal. Since hiking in Yakushima, I’ve really learned to appreciate being in nature and wanting to take full advantage of this oppertunity to do so again. I had an amazing time and met some amazing people!
Toward the end of the month, Chad and I needed to make a trip to a place called Isahaya to get his car fixed. Since we were up there, we decided to explore and thanks the amazingly handy Nagasaki Press magazine, we were able to find an amazing little forested area filled with cafes, all nestled amongst green trees and sweet flowers. We settled on the amazing Amelie, and had the most amazing galette. I can’t wait to go back and discover more cafes hidden amongst the trees.
After our delicious meal, we then decided to drive another few hours and head to IKEA and LUSH in Fukuoka. I honestly cannot tell you guys how much it hurts me that there isn’t a LUSH In my town. Speaking of which, a huge shout out to Kaori, the amazing women from LUSH who always gives us some great samples and keeps us driving hours for more.
I WATCHED SOME COOL STUFF
I loved all of these films! Zootopia was a treat for the eyes with it’s beautiful animation and even more heart warming message. Be who you want to be, and never apologies for it. It really motivated me to try harder at what I love and to not let tiredness get in my way! Another moving film I watched this month was Fathers and Daughters. The story switches from past to present, showing one fathers determination to make something of himself for his daughter. It was beautiful and heartbreaking and I highly recommend this to everyone!
And last but certainly not least, Deadpool. What can I say, Regina really does rhyme with fun! What a straight up great film. It was funny yet smattered with serious scenes that had your body tensing for a moment. The cinematography was pretty amazing and Ryan Reynolds was hilarious as Deadpool.
Fathers and Daughters: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
COOL THINGS HAPPENED TOO!!
Thanks to chance, I go to meet my friend I went to university with! She currently lives in Fukushima doing the same job as me, and I hadn’t seen her in the two years we have been in Japan! But, she just happened to be travelling in my neck of the woods, and I was free on the Sunday morning, so we got to have a nice coffee before she hopped on a train again. It was so wonderful to see a familiar face and it really made my week, so Thank You, Sian!
I also signed up for JLPT N2, which is the second highest Japanese language proficiency test…I’m gonna fail. But hey! it’s a learning curve and I can always retake it. I just hope I don’t fail too miserably.
COMING UP IN JUNE…
June Is gonna be BUSY! I recently started Peron, which is dragon boat racing. We have our first competition on the June the 5th and I’m really not close to being prepared! I’ve only just started, so I’m really nervous, but I’m going to try our best. I can also pretty much kiss being outside goodbye thanks to the rainy season that is soon upon us. Que disgusting humidity and unbearable rain! With a city wide sports festival taking part too, I will have to work one weekend and help chaperone the kids to various schools to support their sports teams. It’s kinda tiring, but a lot of fun!
My friend will also be hosting a swap party, so I think I’ll blog about that and show you crazy kids what we get up to to entertain ourselves here during the rainy season. Last time it was a huge success and I came away with some sweet deals. Lets just hope people throw away stuff I love!
I also plan to blog a lot…like, a lot a lot! Last month depression creeped back into my life and really grabbed a hold. I grew sluggish and sleepy and let it rule me more than I should have. But no more! I’m going to push my fears aside and keep going forward, especially where my blog is concerned. I’m also working on a really exciting project I can’t wait to share with you all! So keep an eye on this space for many posts this month.