Tag Archives: Japan

Thanksgiving part 1

24 Nov

I want to write about Thanksgiving here in Japan.

This is going to have to be a two-part blog.

First, I want to talk about having Thanksgiving with my students. No, it wasn’t a massive meal of: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, or even cranberry sauce, it was curry.

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I had such a wonderful time spending Thanksgiving with my students.

Part 2 is about all of the American’s getting together for an EPIC Thanksgiving meal of 150 people! Stay tuned.


Potato Roast

6 Nov

Here in Japan, they have a fall festival at school. They roast sweet potatoes.


Here are some pictures to show you what we did.

Momiji Class lined up to watch the roasting.

Nara class lined up to watch the roasting.

Fuji class lined up to watch the roasting.

Getting the fire started. I thought that my glasses were going to melt off of my face.

The older kids throwing their potatoes into the fire.

Potatoes getting ready to roast. We covered these up with about 12 more layers of straw. It was insane.

Then after the potatoes were done, we had to dig them out of the fire. Here is my lovely friend and coworker, Carrie, holding up some of the potatoes.

Getting ready to eat my potato. Please observe how black my hands are as well. I even had gloves on.

Then after it was all finished, we had to water the fire. My friend Joshua, is doing just that.

This was a fun event and very Japanese. Just something to show what we do here in Japan for Fall.

I still miss carving pumpkins and all things pumpkin flavored as well.

Uni= Not Yummy

16 Oct

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I went out for sushi after church. We actually wanted some Indian food but the restaurant had just closed for their lunch break, so we ended up eating sushi. Yes, sushi was not my first choice. Gasp.

Well the girls and I sat down and thankfully Hannah is fluent in Japanese/ is half Japanese, and was able to write our order out. If it would have been the three amigas… we would have done LOTS of miming. Which, I’m sure would have made the adventure that more adventurous.

Anyway… we decided that we all needed to eat some uni, or in English sea urchin, and I don’t know what we were thinking… but that stuff… holy puke balls. N.A.S.T.Y!

I, of course, had Christina document me eating uni. I haven’t decided if it is the texture, smell or taste that made me not want to eat it ever again, but at least I tried it.

Be prepared to be disgusted and laugh all at the same time.

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Oh the things that I do for a fun blog post. :]


1 Aug

As time grows closer to returning to America, my heart and brain are thinking about what I am going to say and do to respond to people.

A lot of people don’t understand why I am here in Japan for a second year. They don’t understand the love that I have for the Japanese. They don’t understand that my heart longs to see my Japanese friends come to know Christ.

When I was 15 years old, I felt the Lord telling me that I need to surrender my life to foreign missions. If this means telling people about Jesus for the first time or helping evangelize an area, I will do it. I know that I am not called to live the American dream in America. I don’t feel called to live in America. I don’t want to live in America.

I understand that people miss me and they want me to be close to them. But, to be very honest, I am tired of hearing “come home”.

I am home.

Home is Sendai, Miyagi, Japan.

So, if you feel like I should be in America, I want you to really pray about it. Pray that the Lord would help you understand why I am here in Japan. I will be praying that the Lord would be with you and that he would help you understand as well.


27 Jul

Last week I went to Korea on a little get away, by myself.

It was fun. I have more confidence in myself getting around a foreign country where I don’t know the language… at.all.

I am really glad that I went. I was reminded how people feel when they come to Japan to visit. They don’t know the language, the food, or the culture.

This is how I felt in Korea. I didn’t even know how to say thank you or hello in Korean. I now know how to say thank you and yes. :]

Here are some pictures from my adventure.

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Another thing crossed off of my bucket list.

Heart Sister

8 Jul

Here lately, my heart has been missing its sister…

Hannah Ruthie.

Let me tell you a little bit about this amazing woman of God:

I felt like I have known her for forever, but in all reality, it has only been 3 years. We met when we both signed up to go on a mission trip to South Africa for the summer of 2008.

We experienced a lot of that trip. We grew a lot. We learned how to seek God in all circumstances. We grew close towards the end of the summer and always had late night chats in the Love Shack about all of the silly things that were happening.

When we parted ways in the Newark Airport, I knew that our friendship didn’t end there. I knew that we would be talking on Facebook and on Skype.

Our friendship grew stronger and stronger as time went on.

I went out to Washington to stay with her 2 times:

We had many adventures together in lovely Seattle.

Then she came to Missouri to see me:

We had more adventures around Missouri. I took her to Kansas and we went to the Renaissance festival, toured around Independence and ate lots of good food.

Then I moved to Japan. I didn’t know when the next time that I would see her would be. But, I knew that our friendship would just continue to grow. We talked on the computer or wrote each other letters. We talked, cried, prayed and laughed together.

Then, the Lord blessed me and I was in return able to bless Hannah and she came to JAPAN!

Words cannot describe how much I love this lady. I feel like I am able to tell her anything and she will not judge me. If I call her and just want to chat, she will sacrifice sleep to talk to me. When we talk on Skype, hours feel like minutes. We could talk all day long about nothing and I love it. She asks me how my heart is and she truly wants to know how it is. If I want to just be silly and dream, she will do it with me. We can dream up some pretty fantastic things too.

When I think of our friendship, I think of her as my Jonathan.

I think of this verse, “Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as himself.” 1 Samuel 18:1

I feel as if our souls are knit together so closely that nothing can break our friendship. We are BFFL (best friends for life).

Dearest Hannah Ruthie,

I love you and I am so thankful that the Lord has brought you into my life. I am encouraged by you daily and I pray that the Lord encourages you as well. I am so thankful that even though we have never experienced life on a day-to-day basis in the same city and we are thousands of miles apart, that our friendship continues to grow.

Mallory Eryn

Dr Visit update

8 Jul

Yesterday I went back to the doctor to get the results of my blood test.

I don’t have cancer.

The highest your white blood cell count should be is 9100 and mine is 10,500. So.. it is a little high still. He said that my body might just have a high white blood cell count and it is called leukocytes (I think).

He said that the make up of my blood looks very good and very healthy.

The doctor also said that my cholesterol is 139 and it should be between 70-139. So.. it is on the high-end. Where are my Cheerios when I need them?

So over all… I am a perfectly, healthy, functioning, individual.

Thanks for everyone who was praying for me.

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