Friday, July 19, 2013

So Blessed EP





So I'm working on a new EP CD for release this summer called "So Blessed". One of the songs has been posted to my Youtube account. Check it out and tell me what you think. You can also listen to my complete first CD "Pro-Verbs" as well as find a link to download it for free on my Youtube page.
video

http://www.youtube.com/user/CHRISTIANRWASHINGTON

Monday, May 13, 2013

Conspiracy?

I found this statue in Okazaki Park. Seems innocent enough.









Or is it? Japan/North Korea conspiracy?











Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Golden Week 2013

Another year another Golden Week vacation. This year I spent the first 2 days near home checking out a dance festival at the Nagoya Port and spent the last 2 days in Osaka with one of my favorite people my friend who I met when I lived in Okayama who I haven't seen in 2 years. I've been to Osaka lots of times but hanging out with a good friend there made it totally worth the trip.

Nagoya Yosakoi Yume Festival
Many different dance groups gathered to perform in the streets parade style. Both the young and old took part.



View of the Nagoya Port.


Osaka
Osaka is a great city and the people easily some of the friendliest in all of Japan.



Dontonbori. One of the busiest areas in Osaka.

Boat rides in Dontonbori. 700yen for adults.

Cool setup for musical performances in Amemura" American Village."

Osaka Castle. Great day.

Kushiage. Various fried foods and sauce to dip them in. It's so good. Totally recommend it.

Shinseki area. Great Kushiage restaurants.


Ramen from the shop KAMUKURA which is quite famous.

The famous Glico man.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sakura 2013


Every Spring for a couple of weeks in Japan the sakura (Cherry Blossoms) bloom. It's a really pretty sight to see and some cities have some really beautiful areas. These pictures include sakura in Gifu,Anjo, and Okazaki.

Going for a stroll.

Hanging out with the fellows.






















New beginnings


There have been some big changes recently. A new school year is about to begin and I've moved to a new city. I'm now living in a small city called Anjo which is in Aichi prefecture about 25 minutes by the rapid train from Nagoya and about 45 minutes away from where I was living before in Gifu.  I know I've said this a few times before with no avail but I'm really planning to put more focus into this blog. To be honest the last 2 years for me were a bit tough and I just didn't have any motivation for blogging. If I was to blog most of it would have been complaints about my horrible Jr.High School I was teaching in. That added with a city that just didn't offer a lot made for me not being able to muster up anything interesting enough to blog about.

Besides moving, I will now be teaching at Elementary Schools instead of Jr.High which I prefer much more. Also I'm no longer in a relationship so moment of silence for that. (.......) I'm still not in a city as big as I would like but there already seems to be more options for events and meeting people. It also sits in between the cities Kariya and Okazaki which have a bigger focus on international communities more than Gifu ever had. Okazaki also reminds me of my favorite city I've lived in, Okayama. Hopefully work will be much more enjoyable from now as well. I've only been here a week exactly and I've been putting that time to finding events where I can make friends, signing up for Japanese classes and looking for a new church. This is my fourth city to live in since moving here in Dec 2009. I usually had to do a complete restart with friends and everything but now since I'm only about 45 min from the last city I lived in, it's not that difficult to see my friends I made there as well as in Nagoya though I hope I can also make my own life here in Anjo.

Will my experience here rival that of Okayama? Only time will tell.