my daily photo diary

I take a photo every day and upload them in weekly batches at the end of the month!

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Hello, dear readers!
July marks the third and final year for this daily photoblog. There was no particular catalyst for this decision; I simply feel like it has run its course. I want to thank all of you that liked, reblogged, sent messages… you truly made this an easy project! I will be password protecting this blog in two weeks, so please be sure to like or reblog any entries you would like to save before then! Thank you again for supporting me these past three years!

June 2014 week 5 (6/29-6/30)

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June 2014 week 4 (6/22-6/28)

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June 2014 week 3 (6/15-6/21)

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June 2014 week 2 (6/8-6/14)

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June 2014 week 1 (6/1-6/7)

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May 2014 week 5 (5/25 - 5/31)

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Trying to up my selfie game. Today’s outfit was very reminiscent of what I wore in university… a little too cutesy nowadays, but at least I got some compliments!

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I love doria, but I had no idea it was a Japanese invention! It is essentially gratin with rice. This particular dish had shrimp, cod roe, seaweed flakes, and a soft-boiled egg.

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Fuzzy pupface.

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Chata found a new hiding place.

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The dog was terrified of the fan, but the cat decided to scream into it.

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Totally necessary purchase! I don’t listen to music or watch movies on my phone anyway, so I think it’s justified…!

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The signs with the blushing otters says, “We got married.” Which basically means this aquarium is rudely telling everyone that these otters screwed each other. Not classy, aquarium!

May 2014 week 4 (5/18 - 5/24)

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May 2014 week 3 (5/11 - 5/17)

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Lady Oscar would like to remind you this Mother’s Day, “When mother is happy, the family is happy.”

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I wish I was like ballsy ladies and gents that shamelessly selfie, arms outstretched to the perfect angle. Maybe that’s why I have so few selfies.

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Sausage pup.

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May you all someday be as blissful as my cat was in this moment.

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I was never much of a meat eater growing up in the States. People often mistook me for being a vegetarian because I often opted out of the meat portions of meals, but I never really had a reason. After moving to Japan, I didn’t want to be rude or seem picky, so I just ate whatever was available. Now I crave foods I never thought I would— tongue and organs and tails all sorts of delicious parts!

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My mother-in-law sent us this box of asparagus out of the blue. She tends to do this often without warning, but it’s always a welcome surprise.

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Some friends from university have started a so-called “Picnic Club” where we gather in Yoyogi Park on weekends and pig out while playing poker. It was wonderful passing the time under the sun with good friends, laying in the grass and listening to The Strokes (because the coordinator has great taste.)

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That weekend, the annual Thai Festival was happening. Much like last year, it was crowded as tits but offered some delicious food stand options. One of our picnickers nabbed four or so different dishes for us all to pass around.

It was one of those low-key days that remind me of being a student, just spending time in the presence of friends without having to burn away all your cash at a club or planning some extensive event. Perfection, in a nutshell!

May 2014 week 2 (5/4 - 5/10)

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What’s that you see in my lunch box drawer? Why yes, Cutie Moon Rod chopsticks. I had to preorder them months ago, and was surprised to see them sell out before I could order the rest of the set along with some to send as gifts. Sailor Moon goods are hot hot hot!

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TK went to Shizuoka with his bros during Golden Week, and my souvenir was delicious, delicious fish.

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My work backpack is perfect with the subtle Sailor Moon pin. I hope my students will recognize it once the reboot kicks off this summer.

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It feels great to be working again! I finally have the responsibility to wake and sleep at normal hours and use my free time wisely. I also look pretty slick when I go to cafes to write up my lesson plans. Career woman, y’all.

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I am a vocal hater when it comes to Japanese pizza, but this seasonal spring pizza may be the most delicious one I have ever eaten in all my days. Between two layers of thin crust is melty Camembert cheese, and the toppings are reminiscent of caponada, using eggplant, zucchini, and peppers. My heart breaks to know it will be off the menu soon, leaving me with corn and mayonnaise drenched options…

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This is the noisiest cat I have ever met. If you say his name, he will always turn and meow at you. Usually a scream-meow.

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He also sits like an old man. Have some decency, for the love of all things good and holy!

May 2014 week 1 (5/1 - 5/3)

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These flowers line the outer wall of a local middle school. I pass it whenever I walk home from the station, and often I see local older ladies carefully clipping away the dead leaves and chatting.

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This piña colada pancake was absolutely fabulous, but the peanut butter whipped cream was a little strange and overpowering.

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I tend to ignore strange English (how many people do you know with Chinese character tattoos that don’t actually know the language?) but this bag was calling out to me.

April 2014 week 5 (4/27 - 4/30)

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New desk layout means no more neck pain when drawing! But that also means I’ve been up ‘till the wee hours working on stuff… Madoka Kinoshita inspired anime girl for today.

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The poor pup was so scared at the vet that he was panting and pressed against the door the entire time.

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Apparently this holiday was made to “encourage public reflection on the turbulent 63 years of Hirohito’s reign” but the boys decided to sleep all day and I’ve been working on my comic. Not sure we celebrated correctly, but it’s been a relaxing day.

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My friend is an English teacher at a middle school and she sent me this story her student wrote. It was both adorable and silly at the same time!

April 2014 week 4 (4/20 - 4/26)

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A close friend of mine is moving back to her home country, so we had a small picnic together at a nearby park. I brought the pup so she could meet him, but the poor boy was so riled up from the unleashed yappy dogs running amok and the delicious human food mere inches in front of his face.

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I am absolutely obsessed with this new line of drinks! Time to hunt down the other flavors!

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I dedicate this wound to every woman that tries to convince me that Converse are more comfortable than my heels. NOPE.

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The already elusive trash cans hidden around Tokyo have been taped up in the weakest anti-terrorism preventative measure man has ever seen. I have enjoyed being able to unironically shout “THANKS OBAMA” but have not enjoyed holding onto garbage all day.

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For anyone that dislikes AKB48 a great deal, perhaps you would be interested in the zombie shooter featuring the headliners of the group?

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Black light bowling alley! I was mystified by the push-button shoe dispenser machines.

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This white dude was sitting like this with his eyes closed, blocking the tiny entrance/exit to one of the busiest stations. O-kay.

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This purikura floor was decked out with mirrors everywhere to check your outfit and makeup! It’s fairly practical, if you ask me.

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My visiting friend wanted a Tokyo experience, and she got one. We had to stretch on the train and summon our inner cheetah to make the impossible 6 minute transfer in the second-busiest railway station in the world. Good thing I wore my comfy sneaker wedges.

April 2014 week 3 (4/13 - 4/19)

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This may look a bit grotesque even to fish lovers, but many small fish are eaten head and all in Japan. This particular fish is caught and cooked when its belly is full of eggs.

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We bought this ball for the dog, but he had no interest in it. So the little cat demon decided it would be his, and that he would chew on it and roll it around in fur. Disgusting beast.

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Among all the boxes of strawberries, this one had all the berries neatly lined up. It’s like it was calling to me.

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We call this the “Cage of Reflection” (we decided its former name, the “Bad Boy Cage” wasn’t PC) but he rarely reflects upon his actions when placed inside.

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TK sure knows how to share a bed. I call this move “the starfish” because the final step is to elbow me in the face.

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Shinpei is a dried sakura magnet. I spend at least ten minutes picking them from his fluff after our morning walks.

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TK, the ever-eager little learner, is studying for some fancy financial analyst certification. It all looks like math-y gobbledegoo to me!

April 2014 week 2 (4/6 - 4/12)

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Many of my foreign friends have also been posting this on Facebook. It’s an ad for Gaba, an English conversational school, whose new slogan is “talk with the world.” In this photo, a Japanese man is talking to someone that is very obviously dressed as (or possibly is?) a pimp.

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The sakura are already falling and creating petal-snow on the ground.

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I went to the doctor for a physical, and they gave me this cup to take a urine sample and told me to leave it on the shelf behind the toilet when I finish. This sign says, “please do not cover the cups with toilet paper!” So you’re telling me I just have to leave this cup of pee out in the open shamelessly?!

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Hopefully this gif works— Tumblr can be a bit finicky. But this is what the dog will do for an hour straight if you rub his belly and then decide to stop.

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The sakura are nearly gone. This is called hazakura [葉桜] or leaf-sakura. When you start seeing green on the trees, you know they’ll all be gone in a day or two.

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Do I detect a hint of jealousy?