Ikimasho: Travel with Little Ones

Vanessa, Jaxon and Isaac's Visit Part 2 Vanessa and I met in Maryland when Will and Jaxon were 18 months old. We hit it off immediately and became adventure buddies taking the boys on weekly outings exploring Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Not many people would journey halfway around the world with a four year old … Continue reading Ikimasho: Travel with Little Ones

One Thousand Samurai and One Ninja in Nikko

Exhausted and emotionally drained, I boarded the ITT bus for Nikko at 4:15 am. Will and I were headed to a Samurai Parade and a boat ride in this scenic area north of Tokyo. Mike had returned from Nepal the night before and had planned to use the last day of his leave to rest. … Continue reading One Thousand Samurai and One Ninja in Nikko

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