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

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

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