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

One Giant Amusement Park

Fun Places to Play My mom frequently has remarked that Japan seems like one giant amusement park (she is worried that Will is going to be totally bored when we move back to America). This last month has been strange, and I feel like it has been less enjoyable than in the past. Mike was … Continue reading One Giant Amusement Park

Let the Good Times Roll

Having a toddler in Japan definitely has its moments. Two days before New Years (Japan's biggest holiday), I found myself crouched on the floor of a very crowded grocery store cupping Will's vomit in my hands. I don't know what instinctual thing changes when you become a mother that your natural reaction to vomit becomes … Continue reading Let the Good Times Roll

Our 6th Month Anniversary

  We've been in Japan six months today. At times, I feel like we have barely scratched the service with exploring but the reality is we are getting out and seeing a lot. For example, we took advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday by doing day trips to Mt Takao, Yokohama and Tokyo. Although we missed … Continue reading Our 6th Month Anniversary