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

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

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

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