September 2018

Typhoon Trami

It’s 9:40pm in Osaka on Sunday, September 30.  The wind is howling and the rain is going sideways.  Typhoon Trami has arrived.  About 3 days ago, we began to hear that it’s…

Renting a car

After signing the lease on the apartment, the next step was to plan how to move our stuff from the AIRBNB in Nishinari-ku to our mansion in Yodogawa-ku, which is about 12…

Chicken or the Egg?

What’s the first order of business once a family of four lands in a new country?  Find a new place? Open a bank account?  Get cell phones?  We figured finding a place…

IKEA

Ah IKEA…  I once decided to make my own entertainment center based off an IKEA design using 3/4″ plywood.  It took me probably 16 hours longer to make and cost more in…

Looks like we made it!

Boy, what a journey it was, schlepping 8 checked pieces of luggage, 2 car seats, a stroller, 4 carry-on items and 4 personal items on that Delta Airlines flight.  It didn’t help…

…and we’re off!

We have tickets flying into Osaka Kansai International Airport.  The only problem is that Typhoon Jebi (typhoon #21) has left Kansai Airport inoperable for all but a handful of flights on Peach…

The First “Lasts”

We received the COE paperwork earlier than expected (yay!) which means we are able to pick up our passports on Monday!  After we dropped off the paperwork and passports to the Japanese…

KFC

Every so often, the desire to fill my stomach with delicious Kentucky Fried Chicken becomes an urge I can no longer ignore.  Like Spock and the Pon farr, Lori knows that it…