From Snow to Sakura

I love that the first day of spring is an official holiday in Japan, I did not love that this year it snowed. Plans cancelled for the day, we watched enough snow to render leaving the house dangerous but not enough to play in. By Friday, temperatures had warmed and Saturday’s forecast looked great. I … Continue reading From Snow to Sakura

Time Out in Kuala Lumpur

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 Time Out in Kuala Lumpur

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

If You Can’t Take the Heat

Today was one of those days that felt like we were on vacation even though we weren’t. It was very hot and humid so Will and I went to our current favorite beach, Isshiki Kaigan. We swam for hours and had lunch at Blue Moon Beach Hut before it closes tomorrow for the season. It … Continue reading If You Can’t Take the Heat

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

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