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

Mama Bear’s Insomnia

I have not been sleeping well. I once read that your mind is like a bad neighborhood, you have no business wandering around it at 3 am. I am normally not one that suffers from anxiety, but recently I have and it's affecting my sleep. The first week in April, Mike was away for a … Continue reading Mama Bear’s Insomnia

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

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