Futago-ji Buddhist Temple (and an Epic Hike)

There are many small pleasures in life, and one particular luxury for me is owning my own car. No rental cars or expensive car shares – just spontaneous road trips at the drop of a hat. One quiet Sunday morning, that’s exactly what we did. After a brief conversation with a barista about local activities…

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Haruru Cafe

It’s another balmy, summer day in Oita, and another Saturday to go exploring for a cafe. Just off of Highway 10 is Haruru(はるる), a cafe that we’ve been eyeballing on Google maps. From photos, it has a “classic” Japanese-style cafe interior, with an emphasis of wood paneling and coffee bar. Entering Haruru feels like entering…

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Apartment Shopping Day

It’s apartment shopping day! I’ve been dreaming about this day even before arriving to Usa, and am excited to fill in some of the gaps that’s been felt while being here. There’s a few places in town, but we decide to head out to the neighbouring city of Nakatsu 30 minutes away, where our pick…

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Sora (Dog) Cafe

Since I’ve arrived in Usa, it’s been a goal to find what I would call “My new favourite coffee shop”. On the hunt on an early Saturday morning, Jesse and I take the car out in search of Sora Cafe, one of the closest spots we find on Google maps to our apartment. While driving…

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In the Land of Green Ricefields

Hello, and welcome to my first blog post! After spending 2 weeks hopping from hostel to hostel, I’ve finally arrived in the small town of Usa-shi, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, where I will be staying for the next two and a half months. I’ll be living with my partner who will be starting work as an…

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