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April 2017

You’ve heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers!” but here in Japan the flowers came a month early. I have to say, my first full month in Japan was filled with flowers. They are everywhere. Not only does every home have a small garden space but the sidewalks are lined with huge trees blooming with white, pink, and lavender colored petals. Settling into my new home in a new country has been delightful with all of the natural beauty on display. My April went very well. In the span of a month we moved into our new apartment, purchased appliances and furniture, and took care of all the paperwork that comes with moving to a new country.

Here are some of my April highlights:

  • Visited a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine in Kamakura. While we were there we saw a Shinto wedding ceremony!
  • Learned a few more Japanese words.
  • Went to a Mongolian restaurant in Tokyo and ate to my heart’s content.
  • Traveled to Chichibu to see their flower festival (picture below!).
  • My husband and I survived three trips to IKEA and assembling their furniture. #truelove
  • Wrote 16/26 short stories for the A to Z Challenge. I’m disappointed I didn’t complete the challenge this year, but I am happy with the result considering I did that much while setting up my life in a new place!

How was your month?

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5 thoughts on “April 2017

    • Halee Pagel says:

      It was SO GOOD! We didn’t dress in Mongolian clothes or eat in a ger. We originally planned to eat at an Italian restaurant 5 minutes from our apartment but then I got to thinking….what if there was Mongolian food in Tokyo? A quick google search provided some results, I called to most authentic looking place and asked (in Mongolian) if they served authentic Mongolian food and they did! An hour and two trains later we were stuffing our faces. 🙂

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  1. lexklein says:

    I bet Japan is just gorgeous! I have never been, but everything I see shows such natural and man-made beauty. How fun to find a Mongolian place! I have been in a Mongolia-reminiscing mood lately because this is when I booked my trip last year. Wish I could go back!


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