Free to Play

  As I have mentioned several times, I love that Japan is so kid-friendly. It boasts so many wonderful parks. Here are some we especially love. Last month we discovered what may be my favorite park ever. Haru-no-Ogawa, or affectionately known as the Mud Park. It's a small park across the street from the massive … Continue reading Free to Play

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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

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

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

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

Feeding My Seoul

Seoul, South Korea I admit I was visiting Seoul to use China's 72 hour Free Visa Transit program that is available when travelling to Beijing between two different countries. When Mike informed me that he would be in South Korea for work. I realized Will and I could go to Beijing then meet Mike there. … Continue reading Feeding My Seoul