An Almost Perfect Day in Izu

The Izu peninsula is one of, if not, my favorite place in Japan. When I saw that ITT was offering a tour to hike along the coast and then visit a temple I’ve wanted to see,  I figured it would be the perfect way to celebrate the first day of fall.  I was excited to … Continue reading An Almost Perfect Day in Izu

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Monkeying Around in Malaysia

One of the things that has gotten discussed frequently with friends over the last 2 years is joint trips.  Singapore is always the destination utilizing free military flights (if space available when you arrive—you cannot pre-book) from Yokota Air Force base about 2 hours away. I have contemplated doing this with a few different friends … Continue reading Monkeying Around in Malaysia

One Ninja Step at a Time

Will, as always, was very excited about our current getaway.  On the way there, he told us he had a "great idea" that we should call this weekend away a “Family Trip" since the whole family, including the dogs, was off to Nagano. Nagano was made famous during the 1998 Winter Olympics. Besides abundant winter … Continue reading One Ninja Step at a Time

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

Japanniversary #2

The day before our Japanniversary, Will woke up crying. His eyelids were glued together with green goop and dried crud was stuck to his cheeks. It was our first bout with pinkeye. I also woke up to the news that Trump had pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement--another day being embarrassed as an American … Continue reading Japanniversary #2

Hope

Hiroshima, Japan Hiroshima has been high on my Japan bucket list since before we moved. I've reserved hotels several times that I cancelled for various reasons. I finally got Mike to admit it wasn't a high priority destination for him and to give Will and I his blessing to go without him. Although we were … Continue reading Hope