Friday, August 27, 2010

From the land of the rising sun to the land of wide open spaces

If you follow me on Twitter, you might already know this, but the reason I've been largely absent this week is that I'm currently in Canada on holiday to visit family and friends (and shop, and eat, and well, you get the idea).   One of the highlights so far has been meeting up with Kristen M. of We Be Reading. Yesterday we met up at Munro's Books and had a look around. I was good and only bought one book from the sale shelves - Beauty Tips from Moosejaw by Will Ferguson. (I'll probably be back for more later though and I haven't stopped by my favourite book store yet.) Then after the book store we had tea and cake at Murchie's, another Victoria must-visit place. I didn't think to take any photos at the time, sorry, but it was really great to meet Kristen and her family. Thanks again, Kristen!

After putting up with the hot, sticky Japanese summer for the last couple months, I'm also very much enjoying the cool West coast summer. I actually need a sweater sometimes. How refreshing! And I'm loving the ocean view.  It's one of the main things I miss when I'm in Japan. I definitely think I was meant to live near water!

Anyway, even though I'm away I do have some internet access so you might see a little bit of me. Plus I have a couple of fabulous guest posts to share with you. First, from Margaret Dilloway, the author of How to Be an American Housewife, a lovely story about her visit to Japan as a child. And then from Jacob Ritari, the author of Taroko Gorge, as he muses about the meaning of Zen. So I do hope you'll stop by for those, and leave them a comment. I'm sure they'd love to hear from you.

Also, don't forget that the current Hello Japan! mini-challenge continues to the end of September, so you've still got lots of time to join in.

Hope you're enjoying the rest of your summer!

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  1. I enjoyed my visit to Munro's and Murchie's (thanks to your recommendations!) when I visited Victoria in 2008. Curious minds want to know, though -- what is your favorite bookstore?

    That's great about the guest posts -- I look forward to reading them both.

  2. Hope that you had a great trip to my new homeland! Oh, and thank you for linking to my review of Yoshimoto's Kitchen....

  3. It was great to meet up and I'm sorry we forgot to take photos!

    And p.s., I picked up Hard-Boiled Wonderland at Half-Price Books yesterday for $7.50. Much better than the Canadian $21! I hope I enjoy it. :)


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