Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mamachari: a Bike for Everyone!

In Japan, mamachari bicycles — literally “mother’s bike” — are everywhere! And they are not just for moms.

Riding a mamachari to work, school, or the local market is a part of daily life for many Japanese. Seemingly everyone, from … Read the rest

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Sports Festival

In Japan, each year when temperatures start to drop in fall, elementary school students begin preparing for the undokai (sports festival).

Undokai (sports festival) is the most important event of the school year. When the day finally arrives the entire town turns up to watch and show their support. Mothers sleep very little as they need to work all night preparing bento (lunch boxes) for their family and all attending relatives.

The school is divided up into three or four teams (white, red, blue, etc.), each consisting of first through … Read the rest

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Good-bye Rivers

I live in an older, traditional style Japanese house that was designed to stay cool during summer.  But this was the hottest summer in decades, and my house could not keep up! So most every day around noon I would … Read the rest

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