I'm being as healthy as my little thrice-Food-Handlers-certified self can be, mainly out of dread for the company's complex method of sick-days. I do eat large amounts of buckwheat in the form of soba noodles, which are delicious simply with some soy sauce and sesame seeds. The curious thing is that though they'll have Western foods here, it only comes in one basic form. When I say I bought pancake mix, I bought the only kind on the shelf - the white, fluffy stereotypical kind. Or, though they have spaghetti noodles, they don't have all the other lovely shapes and sizes of Italianesque pasta, which I miss dearly. (I also tried a packet labeled "spaghetti sauce" that turned out to be something whitish and heavily onion flavored - not bad, just not marinara. And don't worry, though there's a pizza place near here, I've been warned to stay away by anyone who has every been to Japan).
I took some pictures of the great outdoors:
Nagamine Park - most of the trees still aren't quite in bloom, but you can see the pink tinge. I'm not sure what that structure on the hill is - I should walk up there one of these days.
The pond is a little murky, but the ducks are cute. There's one with an interesting orange-black-striped head, and one with blue on its wings but in a big patch rather than the small stripe we see on ducks at home.
And there are these HUGE koi in it - easily over a foot long, and fat! All solid colors - orange, brown, black - which I like, because the mottled ones always look a little diseased to me.
I love this little waterfall, and stream. The local kids love it too, splashing in it and riding their bikes across and down it. I'm standing on a footbridge that goes over it.
My humble abode. It doesn't look quite as motel-ish as I first thought - it's mainly the highway being immediately to the left that gives that impression. My room is on the first floor, third from the left.
I'll post pictures of the inside tomorrow when I have better light. It starts getting dark around four. I'm looking forward to summer.
Also, if you're interested, here is the library's website.