Adventures in Cake Decorating!

About a month ago, our new neighbor Angela asked me if I knew of a bakery that made character-themed cakes for children’s birthdays. I told her that unfortunately, I did not. About a week after that, she asked if I could make her son an Angry Birds cake for his birthday. I love anything arts and crafts related, so naturally I accepted the challenge! She really liked the looks of the fondant cakes, but I have very limited experience in fondant, and one of the cakes she liked had actually been created by another technique called Frozen Buttercream Transfer. After doing my research on the technique, I moved to the design phase!


Ichinomiya and Domannaka Matsuri

We’ve been busy biking around, hanging out, and having fun the past few weekends.


Hirokoji Summer Festival

Today, we biked down to Fushimi, had lunch, hung out, and watched the Hirokoji Summer Festival.


Visit From Miriam

Last weekend, our friend Miriam visited us. Miriam is also from Pittsburgh, and lives in Shiga Prefecture. She’s doing the JET Program.


Photo of the Day: Days 1-30

A group of our friends on Facebook decided to do a thirty day (which has now become an ongoing) photo challenge. One of the posters wanted the group to be made private, so I decided to share my first thirty days on my blog.


Meals with Friends and the 11th Annual World Cosplay Summit

These past few weekends have been mainly a bunch of hanging out.


Parties with Friends and Tsushima Tenno Matsuri

The day after my Mom and Brittany went home, we had a going away party for Hannah, one of our teachers. It kind of also acted as a welcome party for 3 incoming teachers.

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Tada! Check out how many people fit in our apartment!

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There was SO MUCH FOOD. Here are the desserts.

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And more food!

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The next day, my friend Miriam came over and brought her friend!

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This was the food I made for Miriam and her friend.

Tonight, we went to Tsushima Tenno Matsuri.

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First, we watched fireworks.

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The fireworks were super pretty.

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We weren’t in the best place to see them, but I still got some cool pictures.

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Finally, the 5 lantern floats came through.

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Another shot of one of the boats.

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The boats all in a row.

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Another one of all of the boats.

Well, that’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed the festival!!

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