The night before, we sit at the window seats, warm inside Ohori Park Starbucks. I'm writing a letter to a friend while Kamil reads. The weather outside goes from small flurries to strong wind and steady snow, but still not enough to settle on the ground. Some brave ojii-sans are still jogging laps around the lake, despite the increasing snowfall. We drive to the supermarket and shop for dinner and as we go back to the car with our groceries I take a few moments to make a mental note of what the shotengai (shopping street) looks like with snow falling. People scurry about with their umbrellas as shields, buckling against the wind. The vending machines glow and illuminate the falling snowflakes. The shop selling karaage fried chicken has never looked so pretty. We escape into the warmth of our little car, heading home to cultivate warmth in our living room.
January 25, 2016
On a very chilly Saturday we visited one of my favourite regular events in Fukuoka - the Gokoku Jinja Nominoichi Flea Market. The market is a great mix of antiques, handmade items, food, drinks and more. I'll let the photos do the talking.
January 20, 2016
A little bit of snow is the basis of a huge deal of excitement in our household. We two Australians are not at all used to the sight of snow. It seems unreal and a little magical. Although we rarely get much snow in Fukuoka, we are on constant snow-watch when it appears in our weather forecast. Yesterday we had light snow showers all day but not enough to settle on the ground. After that little taste we wanted more, so we sought it out in the mountains with a snowy hike to Nanshogataki. The route is known for its frozen waterfall in winter about 1.5 hours up the mountain, so that was our destination today.
It was my first hike in the snow and first time to use crampons in Japan (the little spikes you attach to your boots for better traction in the snow). The forest looks so different dressed in white and the frozen waterfall was simply amazing.
January 4, 2016
Happy 2016! I rung in the new year at home with family in my hometown of Perth, Western Australia. On the last day of 2015, Kam and I took a road trip with my brother and his girlfriend (also both visiting from Japan) to Lancelin for a swim at the beautiful Back Beach and a trip to the sand dunes.
It's hard to believe that I lived in Perth for the first 22 years of my life and never made it to Lancelin to see the unreal sight of the white sand dunes.
December 7, 2015
Excuse me while I post a HUGE selection of photos from a walk I took this afternoon. I usually ride my bike to the supermarket for food shopping but the weather was so splendid today that I decided to walk instead. I took my camera incase I bumped into something pretty and I'm so glad I did, because I ended up walking to the nearby Momiji Hachimangu shrine. It turns out that autumn didn't completely elude us this year, it's just fashionably late!
December 6, 2015
November 28, 2015
Just like that, it's getting wintry again in Fukuoka. We ended our long winning streak of warm autumn weather this week and now is the season to break out the heat-tech thermals, turn on the kotatsu, fill up the hot water bottles and get ready for winter hibernation. The funny thing is, before living through our first few winters in Japan, I used to prefer cold weather. But entering our fifth winter in Fukuoka, I'm nonplussed to say the least. Maybe it has something to do with our old apartment building that has no hot water through the taps and no central heating?
November 25, 2015
November 21, 2015
Today I'll share another Fukuoka highlight that we've been meaning to visit for awhile, and we're glad we finally made the trip. A pleasant bike ride away from home, we found ourselves this afternoon at Yusentei Japanese Gardens in Jonan-ku, Fukuoka City. Although the kōyō autumn leaves are not at their best this year because of the unseasonably warm autumn, Yusentei would be a great place to visit at any time of year. Peaceful, verdant gardens and the historic tearooms overlooking a pond full of genki koi... what more could you want?
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