Saturday, January 17, 2015

WIWW Must Go On

Happy 2015! 
So that my sister knows I'm alive and wearing clothes, here's What I Wore Wednesday (WIWW):

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

WIWW and What I Learned in November

Happy December!
In November, I learned: 

The "illumination" at Toshimaen makes it look different than our summer swimming hole. 

We LOVE to see friends from the US (or anywhere!) here. Sad but true: the urgency of "see them now or don't see them" is what gets us together with people. So thankful for the time we got with these friends who were visiting from Hawaii!

Koji and his classmates can sing! They had an all city fifth grade music recital on November 28th. There were too many kids, so parents weren't allowed to watch the official performance. Fortunately, they let us in on their practice run the day before. The kids and their music teacher had practiced two months for the occasion, and their hard work was apparent!

God is SO good, we have needed a sleep solution (that sounds like a commercial, it's not) for the girls and He gave us these bunk beds! They had been sleeping on futons. There is nothing wrong with futons--except that they are labor intense. I find enough intense coming at me from elsewhere and I have no spare energy for wrestling with futons. Now I don't have to! SO grateful to the friends who handed these down to us, literally hauled the pieces over from their house and reassembled them here. Hooray!

I can still make a mean green bean casserole! Thanksgiving Day was uneventful for us, but we made up for it on the weekend by going to a feast per day. What a wonderful time, and what delicious food. Thank you to our friends, and to God who gave them to us~

On to the clothes, which I will let speak for themselves:

pleated poppy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIWW--Leg Coverings

Oh, hello!
Here I am to confirm my continued existence. This is turning into No Post November instead of the National Blog Frequently Month I had hoped for. 
Anyway, isn't it the pinnacle of boring for a post to elaborate on exactly how much blogging hasn't happened? 
On to the clothes, and to hoping (planning would be better than hoping, but me & Planning, we're not BFFs) for a different sort of week to come. 

On this day, I put on a thrifted dress and walked around in it for an hour or two as I was performing morning kid-herding (love my kids, but the AM rush truly holds similarities to trying to make a bunch of wooly mammals go to school). I decided it was a go. I sprinted to the front door, looked down to put my shoes on, and found the front of my dress covered with ???? It was probably water but I couldn't be sure. I was sure the large conspicuous  spots were on a level with kindergarten faces. There was nothing for it but changing to this randomness. Which actually was OK, considering the speed with which I assembled it. 
Saturday, for a mochi pounding event with Izumi's after school program. See below if you don't know what mochi pounding is. 
Sunday, for church and meeting up with friends visiting from Hawaii. I was foolish enough to go out like this, no additional coverings. And so I froze. Note to self, the days of bare legs are over for 2014, OK? 
A wiser me wears tights for school on Monday. But dumb me is still hangs around, preventing me from digging out my hats, so that my ears freeze when I'm on my bike. 
Lemons match orange, I know because it's citrus season. 
This outfit felt pretty pleasing, except I forgot to wear a neck covering to go with my lovely stripey "function of long johns but please pretend with me they are leggings". So, cold neck. Oh, and then there was the way the only other tulle skirt I saw all day was on one of my kindy students. Am I influencing their fashion, or is it the other way around? 
Discuss. Feeling some déjà vous like I've written this exact thing here before....
Bonn Nuit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WIWW--Japanese Fashion Questions

If you cut your padded trousers (pants) "skinny" and then wear
heels with them, does that make them fashionable?

"Warm Pants Style of Winter"

If your midsection tends to get cold in winter, is wearing the
bottom quarter of a button down shirt as an underlayer the best solution?

Not a skirt, yet not a belt. Clothing in identity crisis. 

If it was your "firsth" anniversary, would you celebrate like this?

Would you wear Converse with a skirt?

Would you let the tops of your feet peek out even though it's cold?

Is wearing a shirt with hundreds of shiny plastic discs
swinging from it a good move for a kindergarten teacher? 

Is this skirt too summery looking? Do I care (really, I'm asking myself)?

Does my neck look cold, because I forgot the scarf I was planning to wear?

Because I've never yet caught her in the act, I want
to know: when does she do this?

pleated poppy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Same Jellybeans as Harry Potter: a Photo Essay

My English conversation student did not know that we are very into Harry Potter right now. In fact, we are two-thirds of the way through the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
So God must care about details--thankfully, since I don't--because my student brought a bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans to class for me today anyway. She received them from her cousin, who recently visited Universal Studios Japan, where The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened this past summer. 
If you're not steeped in all things Potter at the moment, as we are, you may not know what these "beans" are. Let me introduce you, here's a quote from the source above: 
They are the same as Muggle jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable....There are ordinary flavours like chocolate, peppermint, and marmalade, but also less fanciable ones like spinach, liver, and tripe. There are also flavours that are not actual foods, like grass, farm dirt, vomit, earwax, paper and bogeys. 
Most of the Beans were not exactly delicious, but eating them was definitely an interesting experience! Surely making these is not the most useful application of modern science. Still, isn't it really amazing that someone out there knows how to combine chemicals to make a red jellybean called "Worm," and it somehow truly tastes like dirt and grass?
Have you ever tried these? What do you think? 
See below for our reactions!

from top left corner and going across: Snot, Banana, Worm,
Earwax, Green Apple, Marshmallow, Black Pepper, Barf, Rotten Egg, Soap

Blueberry, Sausage, Lemon Candy, Cinnamon, Cotton Candy,
Grass, Watermelon, Dirt, Sugar-Flavored Black Stuff (?), Cherry