Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Cat

This is a picture of my 13-year-old cat, Tora-chan(also known as Tiger). I posted his picture here in class, just to demonstrate how to upload a photo, but he's pretty cute so I guess I'll leave it here.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Golden Hokkaido

I'll follow up the photo of the golden buildings in Tokyo with one of the golden rice in Hokkaido, just at harvest time.

I took a bunch of my seminar students up to Masashi's hometown of Biei, in the third week of September. It was the first time I had been there at that season, and it was wonderful to see the golden fields of rice, and to see Masashi's family harvesting them. Late summer/early autumn is a great season in Wisconsin, and it feels the same in Hokkaido--warm afternoons, but cool mornings, with heavy dew and even fog.