Tomatoes & Trash

Over Golden Week, we planted tomato seeds in the three planters we bought from Daiyu 8, and a few in some empty egg cartons. After we planted the seeds, there were a few cold nights and really heavy rainy days, so we brought the egg cartons inside. We kept forgetting to open our living room curtains, and quickly lost hope that something would grow.

But we were wrong.


There’s even a few sprouts growing outside! Here’s to hoping things don’t go terribly wrong.

Okay. Let’s talk trash for a second.

When we lived in Pennsylvania, there were two main dumpsters for our apartment block; both felt significantly far away as we had to cross the road to reach them, and taking out the trash was just inconvenient, especially when we started cleaning out our apartment to move. Sometimes I would put our trash bags on the back of our little Honda and drive them over to the bin before going to work in the morning.

I know, so lazy.

Now, not only are we responsible for walking our trash over to the dumpster at the Wakakusa Kindergarten (it’s much farther than a simple walk across the road), but we also have to separate our trash.

Burnable items, plastics, cans, glass bottles, and other glass items all have separate bags with a distinct color: red for burnable, blue for metal cans, yellow for recyclables, green for glass, grey for non-burnables/hazardous materials, and a few other bag colors that I can’t remember right now.

It’s complicated. Very complicated.

Along with separating the trash, we are also required to wash out our plastic bottles & tear off the plastic labels, and break down any cardboard containers/boxes and tie them up with twine.

Next weekend we’re going back to Nitori to buy a few extra trash cans, but for now, our plastics and cans are sitting in their bags in the back corner of our kitchen. It’s driving me crazy, but it’s not really the worst thing in the world, right? Right.

That’s all for now, readers. This past week was uneventful, but went by really quickly. Sometimes summer break seems really far away, but deep down inside we know that it’ll be here in no time. Then…hello, Tokyo! I hope you’ll stick with the boring posts, because that’s going to be a jam-packed trip.

Have a great week, people. 🙂

Kelly & Caleb

p.s. If you’re like me, and are curious about why Japan has such an extensive trash system, read more about it here.


2 thoughts on “Tomatoes & Trash

  1. Hey Kelly, I’m a former ALT. I worked at Minami JHS and Funehiki Junior High. I was there from 2010-2013 (Celeste’s first 3 years there). I’m really enjoying your blog! My husband and I lived in Pure House our first year there. As for garbage in Japan, it is taihen (extreme) but when you get back to the US, you may well find yourself putting all kinds of things in the recycling and being amazed how big your “garbage” bag is. Keep up the good work. It is work to learn (all of it, not just what to do with your garbage), but it’s worth it to keep applying yourself to learning as it seems you are. God bless you, my prayers are with you.

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    1. Hi Ashley! Thanks for reading! It’s been so awesome to hear from former teachers – especially ones that lived here in Pure House. 🙂 As for being here in Japan, I feel like we’re going to take away so much from this experience. We already have, but I know we’ll notice a difference in our thinking once we move somewhere else. Thank you so much for your prayers! They are greatly appreciated.


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