At the End of the Day

I had this good idea that when Chris, Krissy and Sean visited I would interview them at the end of each day. I’d ask their impressions of Japan as well as their favorite things from the day. Since we've lived here for two years I wonder if I cease to notice things that they find … Continue reading At the End of the Day

Thriving during Golden Week

April 29 – May 7, 2017 Golden Week is a series of Japanese holidays that occur close together from the end of April through the beginning of May. Many people take off an additional day or two so they have an entire week of vacation. In our orientation to Japan, we were warned this holiday … Continue reading Thriving during Golden Week

Year of the Cock

Winter & Spring Festivals The New Year The first weekend in April, I attended the Kanamara Penis Festival in Kawasaki. However, I first thought it would be fun to catch up on some of the other festivities we've checked out this year. The New Year is perhaps the most anticipated holiday in Japan. Last year we … Continue reading Year of the Cock

99 Hours in Japan

MONDAY I'd been saving the Hakone Round Course tour (a day long circuit of scenic Hakone mountain utilizing rail, cable cars, ropeway, a boat, and buses) until we had visitors. When Breeann and Liam asked if they could visit us for a few days before Christmas, I knew I wanted to add this to the … Continue reading 99 Hours in Japan

Viewpoint

Fuji Five Lakes, Japan We'd originally planned on spending Thanksgiving in the Fuji Five Lakes area. However, the weather forecast included rain and snow (which we even got at our house) so we canceled our trip. I was looking at the weather a week ago and realized the upcoming weekend could be absolutely fantastic. I … Continue reading Viewpoint

One Giant Amusement Park

Fun Places to Play My mom frequently has remarked that Japan seems like one giant amusement park (she is worried that Will is going to be totally bored when we move back to America). This last month has been strange, and I feel like it has been less enjoyable than in the past. Mike was … Continue reading One Giant Amusement Park