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Flavors from home

In this culinary mecca of sushi, takoyaki (fried balls of chopped-up octopus) and the quintessential umami, I’m afraid to admit that at times, I long for some more familiar tastes and sights…

Autumn Leaves

People say the most beautiful season in Japan is spring, with all the cherry blossoms in full bloom.  I agree it’s quite a sight, but I also think there’s awe-inspiring beauty in…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving–a time to reflect on the countless blessings we have, gather around a dinner table with family and friends, drink too much and pig out.  Strangely, we’ve acclimated to the holidays in…

Sports Festival-undoukai

In October there is a national holiday called “taiiku no hi”体育の日: sports and health day.  It commemorates the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.  In recognition of this holiday, schools hold an 運動会…

Happy 1 Year Anniversary!

September 13, 2018.  That was the day we landed at Nagoya Chubu Airport and began our new life in Osaka.  As we left Honolulu Airport on September 12th, Hurricane Olivia was on…

First Summer in Osaka

Can it really be the end of August?  From what the locals tell me, we have passed the peak of summer in Osaka…maybe.  The reason for the hesitation is that last year’s…

Kindergarten

There is so much to admire about daycare/preschool facilities and caregivers in every country.  They provide a safe, educational and social setting for infants and toddlers to explore at their own pace. …

Japan Brickfest

We’ve been busy living it seems. Between Lori starting a new (several) jobs, Zachary being in 3rd grade and getting a lot of homework, and my work staying busy, we haven’t seemed…

Job Hunting

Can it be really be late February and nary a post from either of us in weeks…months?  Rest assured, we are alive and well and over our bouts of homesickness 🙂 It’s…