I Have Really Let This Blog Slide..

Posted in Uncategorized on 08/13/2014 by Christine

.. but, I have a lot of visual imagery from Japan still left to share with you.

Here are some images from a trip I took in 2012 to Fukuoka and the new-ish mall there. More interesting trips later (and there are many I have to catch you all up on!).

A fairly large Ferris wheel attached to the mid-portion of the mall in Fukuoka.

A fairly large Ferris wheel attached to the mid-portion of the mall in Fukuoka.

Closeup of a food display outside one of the food vendors. These displays are commonplace here in Japan.

Closeup of a food display outside one of the food vendors. These displays are commonplace here in Japan.

The description above the food display amuses me. Just tellin' it like it is.

The description above the food display amuses me. Just tellin’ it like it is.

Humidity

Posted in Reflection with tags , , , , , , , , on 07/05/2012 by Christine

Ugh, I am horrible at keeping up with updating these type of things. I do apologize.

Anyway, a short note: I still do food reviews on YouTube. You can check out the video feed on my channel if you want to see them.

On to the main topic, let’s talk about humidity, shall we?

Fact: You will never know humidity like you will once you have visited southern Japan. It is more humid here than the inside of a giant’s odorous armpit (albeit slightly nicer smelling). The humidity has been so bad that you can literally see it coalesce on the windows close to mid-day. Sometimes, it is so thick and billowy that it seems like fog hanging low over the mountains, but no.. it’s humidity.

This is the kind of humidity that you walk into and instantly become drenched. Your skin starts to itch because it feels like you are being coated in little filaments of spider silk from head to foot (and here, it’s quite possible you are). You go outside and attempt to breath, only to have your lungs weigh heavy with the moisture that clings to your insides. It is suffocating.

Currently, it sits at 90% humidity where I reside. The dehumidifier runs constantly and fills up at least once a day (and this is a large dehumidifier). Even with its help and the air conditioning going (which is set at a reasonable temperature because we must be aware of and respectful to others living in the building), it does little to stifle the heat.

It also rains nearly every day here. So there might be a tiny reprieve from the suffocating death, but eventually (like in less than 12 hours) it will be back again, hanging over all of Kyushu like some sort of lurid white death.

And yet, it has an ethereal beauty to it. You can see history happening because of the humidity. I look out my window on days like this and am reminded of how accurate many of the screen paintings and Ukiyo-e prints were when they depicted their country with it’s numerous green mountains and rolling swirls of (what I thought at the time) was fog. It’s very peaceful, yet slightly disturbing.

I say this because on days when the humidity (or fog if you want to call it that), hangs so low, it is eerily quiet outside. It is very reminiscent of portions from the game Silent Hill, with fog obscuring the entire town and not a soul can be found.. in the middle of the day.

In any event, it is quite a sight to behold and I am fortunate I got to see it, even if it is a misery to live through.

Japanese Food Review #9

Posted in Reviews, Travel with tags , , , on 03/29/2012 by Christine

Sampling a couple of more ‘traditional’ foods.. roadside food = win.

Japanese Food Review #8

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on 03/28/2012 by Christine

I review some of the odd items I found at a local grocery store. Always fun.

Japanese Food Review #7

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on 03/28/2012 by Christine

So.. I managed to find yet more unusual (to me) food.. including what appears to be squid jerky and something unusual stuffed with cheese.

Japanese Food Review #6

Posted in Reviews, Travel with tags , , , on 03/24/2012 by Christine

You get to listen to me ramble on about Huis ten Bosch.. like I haven’t already done that enough (for those of you that read this little blog of mine).

Japanese Food Review #5

Posted in Reviews, Travel with tags , , , on 03/23/2012 by Christine

Maybe one day I will get tired of doing these, but not today! More interesting foods and me rambling about stuff.

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