2019年9月16日

Hello everyone! I have been offline for quite some time and just have some travel photos I would like to share. There has been a lot going on in my personal life which has gotten in the way of being creative, but hopefully within the next few months I will have more time to do art.

みんなこんにちは!最近はね…私生活が忙しくてあまり作品作っていないの。だけど、旅行の写真を見せたいので良かったら見てね!

There are so many hidden gems in Japan.  In my opinion, this is one of them.  Close to Kamakura, just about an hour away from Tokyo, you can find this beautiful statue of Kannon, or Guanyin. She is located in a place called Ofuna. This place is very relaxing and I recommend it for a quick stop if you are on the way to Kamakura.

日本には色々な宝物のような場所があると思う。例えば、大船大観音寺!鎌倉の近くにあって、落ち着いている場所だった。

Another place I ended up over the last few months was Nagoya. I really love Nagoya, and it was nice to spend the day there. I have been there so many times but for some reason never had time to visit Nagoya Castle, one of the main tourist attractions in the city. The only downside about this quiet little city is that it’s so hot in the summertime! I went there around the end of July and I really thought I was going to melt! There were very few clouds to block the strong sunlight. I think I will visit Nagoya again before the year ends, and maybe a neighboring town by there as well. To be decided…

7月の末に久々に名古屋に行ってきた。名古屋はいい街だな。何回行っても今回初めて名古屋城に行った!素敵だと思ったが、めちゃくちゃ暑かった!!夏苦手だよ…雲はあまりなくて太陽は強すぎた!溶けるかと思った(笑)今年、また名古屋に行こうと思ってる。

In August, I returned back to Massachusetts for a summer vacation. Where I am from in Massachusetts is close to Salem, home of the Salem witch trials. It’s a cool little city that I enjoy visiting whenever I come back home. The above two pictures were taken there.

8月にしばらく帰省した!私はマサチューセッツから来た。故郷はセーレムという町の近くにある。聞いたことあるかな?その町の歴史は深い。セーレムは魔女狩りで有名!もし気になったらググってみて!ハロウィンの街だね!

Near my hometown there is a place to go fruit picking! You can pick apples, raspberries, peaches, blueberries, etc. Since it was peach season, I went with my parents to go peach picking. It was really fun! And the peaches were so good.

桃狩り初めて行った!実家の近く、フルーツ狩りできる果樹園はある!そこで色々なフルーツ狩ることができる。おすすめはリンゴ狩り!

I do wish that it had been a little closer to fall so we could have gone apple picking though. Luckily though, I was able to have an apple cider doughnut for the first time in four years!! They are one of my favorite parts of going apple picking. I also got a pumpkin spice soda? I don’t really like soda but I had to try it because I love everything pumpkin. Also when I was home, my friend and I made really good pumpkin spice cupcakes, and I used the leftover pumpkin to make pumpkin pancakes the next day! Pumpkin in Japan isn’t the same as pumpkin in the United States unfortunately. I really miss fall back at home!

リンゴ狩りに行けたらいいなあ。だけど、まだリンゴの季節じゃなかったって。でも、私は運良く果樹園でアッピルサイダーの味のドーナッツを売られていた!ドーナッツあまり食べていないけどアップルサイダーの味は美味しいよ!食べたくて仕方なかった!パンプキンの味のソーダも飲んでみた。アメリカのパンプキンが大好き!友達と一緒にパンプキンのカップケーキとパンプキンのパンケーキも作った。マサチューセッツの秋は最高だな…

I had a bit more time home than usual, so I was able to visit Maine and New York as well, which was so nice! I hadn’t been to New York City in maybe about three and a half years so it was exciting to go back. I got to see a lot of close friends while I was there and eat a lot of good food.

余裕があったからメイン州とニューヨーク州も行けた!久しぶりにニューヨークに行ったから楽しかった。上にある写真はタイムズスクエアで撮った。渋谷のように見えるでしょ?(笑)

Here are some photos of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s about a thirty to forty minute drive from my hometown. I spent a day here walking around with family and a friend.

ある日、一日中ボストンを歩いていた。ボストンはマサチューセッツ州の首都。故郷から車で30分くらいかかる。楽しい時間を過ごした。

We went to the North End which is Boston’s “Little Italy.” I got a really good bowl of handmade tagliatelle pasta. Bread with olive oil is one of my favorite appetizers and it doesn’t exist here in Japan, so this bread with olive oil (and a garlic/bean spread) was particularly good!

家族とボストンのイタリア街で美味しいパスタ食べた。パンとオリーブオイルは一番好きな前菜。伝統的なイタリア料理いつも食べたいなあ!!美味しいから!

This month I will try hard and make more art! Please look forward to my next post. Thank you all for reading!

今月頑張って作品を作ろうと思ってる。次の更新も楽しみにしてね!今回も読んでくれた人、ありがとうございます!

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