July 2017 Update –

I’m still living in Kanazawa, Japan.  Looks like I stayed a bit longer than a year!

What have I been up to?  Well, I ventured out of Japan a few times; visiting Beijing, Seoul, and Ulaanbaatar.  In the past four years I have also traveled back to the United States a few times.  I also spent a lot of time skiing in Nozawa Onsen this past winter.

Currently I am working on building an Instagram page (@ladycaladium) where I post photos taken with my iPhone.  I am also working on a new photo book, but it is a work in progress.  I am also working on a few different projects.  I’ll try to keep you posted, so check back every so often!


Life in Japan with Lady Caladium chronicles my experiences moving to and living in Kanazawa, Japan.    Check in, see what happens and where this year abroad brings me…

I am currently living in western Japan.  I teach English but spend my free time exploring the beautiful Hokuriku area.  I studied anthropology and Asian studies at university and plan to go back and pursue a graduate degree.  I will be in Japan until mid-July, 2015.

I have always loved to travel.  While my list isn’t as extensive as a lot of people’s, I have traveled to the UK (living in Wales and visiting England and Scotland – including a trip to the Shetland Islands), Rome, Amsterdam, Malta, and Canada.  I plan to travel more in the future.

I really would love to visit the Faroe Islands, Vietnam, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, and Iceland (among other places).  I don’t really enjoy the sun or heat, so laying out on a tropical island is out.



  1. こんにちは。 Thanks for liking my blog.
    Wow, you’re so lucky you’ll be living in Kanazawa. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite places in Japan!!!
    I remember when I first moved to Japan I was SO EXCITED! So, I know how you must be feeling.
    Best of luck with the move. 🙂

    • Thanks! I still have so much to do before I leave! I was in Kanazawa last summer for a month and loved it so I’m really happy I was placed there.

  2. Thanks for liking my Collateral Lettuce post about shiromomo! Have you tried them before?

    I lived with a Japanese host family in Kanazawa thirteen years ago, and it was definitely 一期一会. Getting introduced to seasonal Japanese cuisine, participating in various matsuri and riding a bike around frequently getting stopped for traffic violations were highlights. I’d like to go back to see what’s going on now (apparently, Kanazawa has become something of a regional art/design center), though knowing Japanese somewhat takes the fun away:)

    • I haven’t gotten the chance to yet. I’m sure I will once I get to Japan.

      I’m very excited to be there for a year. I’ll be in an apartment this time. When I was there last summer I stayed with a host family and I agree, 一期一会.

  3. I fell in love with Japan when visiting in 2012. It woul be great to read the stories of someone who actually lives there! Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to your next posts! Once you find your way around it would be great if you could share some info about the everyday local life too.

    • Thanks! I’m working on getting around to posting about everyday life too. Work keeps me very busy though, so I don’t have as much time as I would like to post.

  4. I’m glad to have found your blog. I read several articles on your blog and I think it is useful for the tourists who want to visit Japan =)

    Let me introduce myself, My name is Sam Wong, a HongKonger who love travel. Two months ago, I had created a travel site which aims to connect the bloggers and the tourists. Bloggers can share the link of their articles and let tourists find the useful travel articles more easily. I know you are living in Japan and write a lots of articles about Japan, so I would like to invite you to share your articles, let more tourists can know more about your story. Look for your reply, hope you all the best!


    Sam Wong

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