The knight of Harajuku

In January, I hung out with my friends in Harajuku. We went to a couple of small galleries. When we were walking, we saw this knight that seemed to be guarding a shipping container. Above the knight, was a crack in the wall. In the crack was a clock. I think the knight is a time traveler. And he’s guarding a time machine inside the shipping container. What do you think? 

Harajuku knight






Hello everyone! I’m Samantha

Hello everyone! I’m Samantha. I started working at Jabble this June. I’ve never worked in Chiba before, so on my last day off I explored and walked around Ichikawa. I found this lovely park near Wayo Women’s University. It also has an impressive rose garden with a fountain. You should check it out if you’ve never been there.

Toshiko Okanoue Exhibition at the Teien Museum

Toshiko Okanoue Exhibition at Teien


My sister, my brother in law and I went to an exhibition in Tokyo. It was an exhibition at the Teien Art museum in Tokyo. We saw Toshiko Okanoue’s artwork. She makes collage artworks that are like eerie dreams. A lot of her artwork have women in them, but their heads are often replaced with an inanimate object. Her artwork really went well with the art deco interior of the museum.




went well

art deco



Mud Bowl

One semi-popular summer event that a lot of people don’t know about is the Mud Bowl! In most
places, a mud bowl is a like a sports day, but you play in a big, muddy field. Usually, a school, church,
or businesses host these competitions in the summer when it’s just too hot to play normally. Most of
the time, people play American football as the main activity. But, if football is too rough for you, you
can also play soccer and volleyball. Like most American sports events, there’s a lot of food and cold
drinks. So, if getting covered in mud doesn’t sound like fun, you can just watch and eat some
barbecue, hamburgers, or hot-dogs!


Stroller Shopping

So just before we did Charlie’s Omiya Mairi, we went shopping for a stroller for him. The store had so
many different types of strollers, which made choosing difficult. Along with a bunch of accessories, there
some baby dolls to test out the strollers. These ‘test’ baby dolls looked like they had been doing their job
for far too long. Maybe it’s time they moved onto a different job. What do you think?


Just in case

さっそくですが、今回は”JUST IN CASE”(念のため・万が一に備えて)です。
I carry a small umbrella in my bag all the time, just in case it starts raining.
I wore my winter coat today, just in case it’s cold when I finish work.
I downloaded a translation app, just in case I need to look up a new word.



Ebigawa Cherry Blossoms

Most people don’t know about the cherry blossoms in Funabashi. If you’re looking for a place to see cherry blossoms that isn’t so crowded, Funabashi is your place. The first time I went there, I was so surprised by the hundreds of cherry blossom trees along the river. It’s beautiful during the day and as you can see in the picture, it’s very beautiful at night too.


お宮参り (Omiya Mairi)

On January 17th Charlie, our baby, had his 100 day Omiya Mairi at a shrine in Yoyogi. Both our parents were able to come (My parents came over from Australia to join the ceremony). We had just bought the stroller for Charlie the day before. I remember that we arrived there just in time. The ceremony was held inside the shrine. When the Kannushi started to play the drums, Charlie got surprised by the sound. The Kannushi then gave his blessings. After that, we all sipped a little Sake from a dish.


Lake Ouachita

This is a nice shot of Lake Ouachita (pronounced WA-shi-ta) from my home state Arkansas.  The most surprising thing about it is, it isn’t a natural lake! It was built so it could power a hydroelectric dam. But, it’s still a beautiful place. In fact, in the summer, it’s one of the most popular places to go swimming, jet skiing, or fishing. It wasn’t that far from my hometown, and you can rent anything you need. One summer, my family and I rented a small cabin and a boat for the weekend, and it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken. We just swam, barbecued, and relaxed all day.