Eleven Insects Near My House that are Extremely Heavy Metal (And One Frog That is Not)

When I moved to Japan I was honestly shocked by how big the insects were. While the scariest insect I’d seen in my 20+ years living in the UK was the almost-endearingly pathetic daddy long-legs, basically every spider I saw around Nagoya was at least double the size, and carried itself with the air ofContinue reading “Eleven Insects Near My House that are Extremely Heavy Metal (And One Frog That is Not)”

I Was Going to Write a Blog Post But Then My Entire House Was Invaded by Mould

It’s been a long time since my last post. Nothing has really happened since then. Actually, everything has happened so buckle up here we go: First, we had the rainy season. Now, for most people, in most parts of the country, Japan’s rainy season is a pretty big annoyance. It goes on for almost anContinue reading “I Was Going to Write a Blog Post But Then My Entire House Was Invaded by Mould”

I Went on a Lovely Mountain Walk and All I Got Was Roughly 5-10 Kilograms of Edible Wild Plants

Here in Nagano prefecture it’s already coming to the end of spring. The flowers have long since bloomed, the birds have finished with their songs, and here we are staring down the barrel at Japan’s hot and sticky rainy season. But before we say goodbye to spring I wanted to write a little about oneContinue reading “I Went on a Lovely Mountain Walk and All I Got Was Roughly 5-10 Kilograms of Edible Wild Plants”

Now is the Winter of Our Discontent Made Absolutely Chock-Full of Giant Insects by This Awful Sun of Kiso

(note: don’t read the entirety of this post if don’t want to see horrible photos of totally rad insects. There’s a page break, and I promise there won’t be any insect photos on the first page. But the second page will be an absolute museum of grotesquerie, so don’t click through to page two ifContinue reading “Now is the Winter of Our Discontent Made Absolutely Chock-Full of Giant Insects by This Awful Sun of Kiso”