One definition of the word doki in Japanese is “time of”. It is also part of my favorite Japanese phrase toki doki which mean "sometimes". On a very regular basis, someone will remark that Will is kawaii (cute). My now almost standard response is "toki doki". It always gets a laugh and is the only joke … Continue reading Doki
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
Prior to living in Japan, we lived in the middle of nowhere in Maryland for three and a half years. Let's say, I was not a fan. In the summer it was lovely, but the rest of the year it was really boring. However, I did not like being a person that hated where they … Continue reading The Once a Week Rule
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
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
Hakone, Japan I try hard to find activities that are equally pleasurable for all members of my family. We were highly successful with today's ITT/MWR tour to the Yunessun Hot Spa (or Onsen) in Hakone. Onsens are hot spring fed baths and are very common in Japan. Due to the volcanic activity, there are thousands of … Continue reading Never Leaving?
Hakone, Japan Happy Veterans Day from Japan! We were super excited to have a weekday off that was not also a Japanese holiday or pouring rain. The top 3 recommended day trips from Tokyo are Kamakura (~15 minutes from our house), Nikko (last month's big excursion) and Hakone, today's destination. The most recommended one day … Continue reading Enjoy the Journey