Cracked Open The Piggy Bank

Today in preparation for my trip to Taiwan, I cracked open my piggy bank full of 100 and 500 yen coins (worth slightly less than 1 dollar and 5 dollars respectively) that I had been saving for the last 6 months or so. It wasn’t literally a piggy bank, it was more like a tin can with a slot for putting coins in. The only way to open it was with a can opener (or a “tin opener” for our non-North American friends). I had 46,700 yen in my piggy bank! That’s about 450 bucks (or 225 quid for our friends from across the Pond)!

There is a big typhoon headed for Japan again. I looked at the satelite photo and it looks like it will be making landfall to the east of Kyushu, so maybe we will be spared the brunt of it. I just hope that I will be fly out of Fukuoka airport to Taipei tomorrow!

My first blog.

alright, so I am a bit behind the times. this is my first foray into the world of blogging.

About a year ago, I started my geocities page about my life here in Japan, but I have been too busy and/or lazy to update it in months. I think this blogger format will be easier for me post update on what I am up to and share photos, so I will probably stop updating my geocities page and concentrate my efforts on this blog.

not much here in Japan. Just enjoying the fine fall weather.

Last weekend I went to Will and Dan’s going away party at their house as well as Malcolm’s birthday party in Ota-mura. Ota-mura is literally a one-traffic light town. And it doesn’t even have a convenience store (in Japan, you know you are in the styx when there is no 24-hour convenience store nearby). We had a bonfire going and some live music. According to eye-witnesses, I had a bit of vino and was flamenco dancing to djembe drumming around the fire.

headed to Taiwan for a week this Saturday to visit family.