Doki

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

Another 99 Hours in Japan

Last December, Bree and Liam came to visit, squeezing in a quick trip before Christmas. They enjoyed their time enough to return again this year for another 99 hours in Japan. Arriving late Sunday afternoon, Bree and Liam crashed not long after getting to our house. Waking early on Monday, we decided to drive to … Continue reading Another 99 Hours in Japan

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

Tokyo is Mine

Vanessa, Jaxon and Isaac's Visit Part 1 Walking Vanessa and our boys to our first sight-seeing destination, I was delighted to see the familiar graffiti "Tokyo is Yours". It always reminds me of my very first visit to Tokyo. I lined the boys up under the words and told him to say, "Tokyo is Yours!" … Continue reading Tokyo is Mine

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

99 Hours in Japan

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

Tokyo is Yours

Our very first visit to Tokyo, Will and his friend Phillip played on a playground tagged with the phrase, "Tokyo is Yours". I passed this again when sight-seeing with my good friend, Danny, last week and the slogan has been on my mind ever since… Two weeks, Mike got word early Sunday evening that he had … Continue reading Tokyo is Yours