The Life of Erin

Married life, home projects, music, travel, movies, politics, random stuff I think of on a daily basis

Ume-sure February 28, 2009

Filed under: Japan,photography,travel — erinp @ 8:05 pm
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Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are a big deal in Japan. So big that the news has a special weather segment on every night when cherry blossom season starts so you know when they will be in bloom. I think that plum blossoms, or ume, are equally as beautiful, and we were in Japan during prime ume viewing. I practiced using my digital macro setting. A lot. Here are some of my favorites–please vote on which one I should frame (if any)!

1. ume1

2. ume2

3. ume3

4. ume4

5. ume5

6. ume6

7. ume7


Amateurs. February 27, 2009

Filed under: food,Japan,travel — erinp @ 12:17 am
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So I am going to try to post a video that I took and then uploaded to youtube (the only way I can get videos on wordpress). I feel like this is a somewhat true depiction of what it is like walking through the streets of a Tokyo suburb near a train station trying to find hidden culinary gems. I’ll set up this clip: my mom and I are walking through Kichijoji trying to find Woodberry’s, a very small frozen yogurt shop. I ultimately take us the “long way” but it works out fine because we meet up with my dad. So, here it is, wobbly but funny:


Taiko Project and Kyo Daiko in the City Paper February 26, 2009

Matt’s taiko group, Kyo Daiko, along with the Asian Arts Initiative, assisted in bringing Taiko Project (who recently appeared on the Academy Awards) to Philadelphia. You can read about Taiko Project in the City Paper. I’m sure it will be a great show if you can make it!

Friday, March 6th, 8:00pm at the Annenberg Center
Call 215-898-3900 for tickets or visit The Annenberg Center online


Caitlin’s Virtual Baby Shower February 25, 2009

Filed under: friends,jewelry,photography — erinp @ 9:39 am
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Please check out my friend Caitlin’s wonderful idea for her new baby girl due in April: the Virtual Baby Shower!


Political Spectrum February 24, 2009

Filed under: news and politics — erinp @ 5:20 pm

My Foreign Policy Views
Score: -6.19

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Culture War Stance
Score: -5.42

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Political Views
I am a left social libertarian
Left: 3.36, Libertarian: 3.69

Political Spectrum Quiz


Inner Geek

Filed under: entertainment,Japan,travel — erinp @ 12:50 am
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Matt is a recovering anime geek and I am a fake one. We both love Miyazaki films (that’s all I like).So we went to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo while we were in Japan. Fun stuff! Except that adults can’t play on the neko bus and you aren’t allowed to take pictures inside. I did my best.



water fountain



the compound

laputa statue


ghibli garden

dust bunnies



giant totoro


Not the Neko Bus, but it does Spirit You Away!

Buying tickets for the museum can be tricky. At any Lawson location you can purchase them through ticket machines. Very confusing, even with some language ability. Your best bet is to bring someone who reads the language or ask a kind shop worker for help. Tickets are 1000 yen and you have to choose an entrance time (10:00, 12:00, 14:00, or 16:00) and then you can stay as long as you want to. The bus directly to the museum runs from Mitaka station on the Chuo Line very regularly. One way tickets: 200 yen. Round trip: 300 yen.


Yokatta! February 22, 2009

Filed under: food,Japan,travel — erinp @ 8:07 pm
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Home, thoroughly tired, and missing Japan and Mom and Dad! I think I will actually be in bed before 7:00 tonight, so here are the trip highlights for now.

Day 1, Harajuku:Harajuku

Day 2, Roppongi Hills: spider

Day 3, Kichijoji: Woodberry's

Day 4, Asakusa:Asakusa

Day 5, ume: ume

Day 6, Meiji: wedding

Day 7, Asakusa, again! asakusa

Day 8, Kabuki:kabuki

Day 9, Kyoto:kiyomizu

Day 10, Kyoto: kyoto

Day 11, Jindaiji: soba shop

Day 12, Ghibli and Ukai Toriyama: laputaukai

Day 13, local matsuri: tea