Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Japan April 9, 2012 Cherry Blossoms at Night Not only do the sakura blossoms look beautiful during the day, but at night time they're lit up for an even more beautiful display. This river that runs through Yamaguchi's ce... Japan April 8, 2012 Neighbourhood Sights in Miyano This area is so beautiful. Here are some shots from around my neighbourhood (everything here is within the equivalent of a few blocks, from my house to my school to my grocery store). ... Japan April 8, 2012 Neighbourhood Sights in Miyano This area is so beautiful. Here are some shots from around my neighbourhood (everything here is within the equivalent of a few blocks, from my house to my school to my grocery store). ... Japan April 7, 2012 The Art of Japanese Recycling at Yamaguchi Recycling Plaza Any exchange student or foreigner in Japan will tell you, one of the first things the Japanese will attempt to teach you is their very specific, seven category recycling system. Here's a hint: bar... Japan April 6, 2012 It’s Hanami Time! Sakura Blossoms Come to Yamaguchi Yeeeeeah, that’s right. The 桜 (sakura/さくら) are here. Cherry blossoms everywhere! Finally, I feel like a kid in a Miyazaki movie. Cherry blossoms are, the quintessential ‘wanna see’ for any North ... Japan April 5, 2012 My Neighbour’s Radishes are Doing Well Here’s a large Japanese radish that my neighbor grows, here in Miyano. They’re known as “daikon” (大根）which literally means “big root”. It’s one of Japan’s biggest agricultural items, with differe... Japan April 4, 2012 House Guests I found this little snail on my desk today. He climbed up my teapot. That’s the thing about Japanese houses; when the warm weather starts, you find all sorts of little interesting creatures crawl...