November 25, 2016


Food, Japan, Life

This is our third year of hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Unlike previous years where we hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for all our Japanese and European friends, this year we hosted Thanksgiving for E’s Girl Scouts of America troop.

It was our troops very first Thanksgiving since it was created a year ago. Everyone brought a dish and everything was incredibly delicious. Since everyone brought something to share, I only had to cook a few things instead of the entire dinner.


One mom read a book about the first Thanksgiving and about the pilgrims to the girls so that they could appreciate this holiday. To make this even more special, it was the first Thanksgiving in many years for some of our troop moms who have lived in Tokyo for many years. I can understand the nostalgia and the feelings of homesickness during the holidays so I was really happy we could host this special dinner for everyone.

Sometimes, I really miss being able to celebrate this holiday with my family. My family’s Thanksgiving is always a mish mash of food that ranged from Spaghetti in meat sauce to the traditional turkey to the red bean soup dessert my grandmother made every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s always a strange variety at the dinner table but it was my family’s tradition so it was always special.

Of course, even if I were to be able to celebrate with my family again, it wouldn’t be the same since my grandmother is no longer here with us.

So now it’s up to me to start my own tradition while living thousands of miles away from the rest of our family. It’s why even though it’s a lot of work every year, I want to host a Thanksgiving dinner for our friends. That is my tradition.

November 24, 2016

Here and Back Again

Family, Life, Updates

Funny how I posted back in March but then everything went silent again.

Yea, I do that a lot these days.

To be honest, I was ready to toss in the towel with the blog. Social media is so popular and easy to use these days that I find myself posting a lot on Facebook and on Instagram. In fact, I have three instagram accounts. THREE!! I can barely keep up with those so it’s no surprise I can keep up with everything.

However, last night Jason was looking through the blog to show E some pictures from when she was younger. He ended up going through a lot of the old posts and mentioned to me how he misses reading my blog. So I thought about it and decided that maybe I should start writing again.

Time is always an issue with me since I’m always doing something and don’t have the time to edit photos and write coherent blog posts. At the same time, I think the blog has changed a lot over time. It was much simpler back then when I just wrote for us and didn’t try to get all creative and artsy with my photos. Over time I think I tried to do too much and it just burned me out.

So maybe I should just go back to the basics and just tell the story of our lives in Tokyo. There’s always something going on in our lives that’s worth recording so it’s not quite time to give up on the blog yet.

If anything else, I want to do this for Jason and for the kids. They enjoy reading the blog (well, maybe not K since she can’t read yet).

So let’s give this a go once more!

March 25, 2016

Where did the time go?



So…I’m back! Again!

It’s been 3 months since I last posted and to be honest, I’m still not sure what I want to do with this space. I don’t want to leave it yet since I’ve spent so many years here and it just feels sad to leave it all behind.

In fact, I’m not sure why I suddenly felt the need to post today. I guess a large part of it is because E finished up 1st grade yesterday. It’s always bittersweet for me since I like watching her grow up and learn how to be more independent but at the same time, it’s a bit sad to see that yet another year has slipped by and she is getting older and becoming more independent.

K is also growing up quickly. She is talking a lot more than she was at the beginning of the year. Pretty soon we will be enrolling her into preschool and once that happens, time is going to slip by even faster.

I don’t know why but it feels like school ages our kids so much faster than when they were in daycare or with us everyday.

In the past 3 months, I’ve taken up running again and am on a journey to building a stronger endurance and stamina for running so that I can run Tokyo Marathon in 2018. It seems so far away and impossible for me to do but I’m working on it slowly and steady.

So much is changing in our lives but at the same time, many things are still the same. I guess we’ll see what happens in the coming weeks.

December 31, 2015

Farewell, 2015!


I know I’m practically not blogging anymore these days. A part of me wants to just close the blog and call it an end of an era but a part of me doesn’t want to do that either since it’s been a big part of my life in the past. I don’t know what I want to do yet but I will think about it and decide next year.

This year has been a busy year but it was a good one. Lots of ups and downs but it was a good year overall.

I wish everyone a happy 2016!

November 1, 2015

Greetings! (A long overdue post)


Wow! Has it really been 5 months since I last blogged? I took a much longer hiatus than I had planned and hopefully I’ll be back blogging again.

Honestly, a part of me wants to give up the blog. Social media has become such a big part of my life these days that I share a lot on my personal Facebook page or on my 3 Instagram accounts (yes, I have 3!)

I seem to do better doing short bursts of sharing than actually sitting down and writing a post these days.

But a part of me can’t let go of my blog. I’ve been blogging for so long and to have to stop permanently seems like an end to another chapter in my life. I’m not quite ready to let go yet. Several of the bloggers I’ve been following for a long time have announced that they are stopping and it makes me sad to see them go but at the same time, I can understand the feeling.

But I’m hoping to stick around a little longer. For now, I’ll see what happens. I want to blog but at the same time I don’t. Let’s just see what happens…

It’s been a while but here’s a picture of me, E and K in our Halloween costumes.


June 16, 2015


Family, Photography


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Yes, this was taken a few weeks back. We were on our way to a bbq with friends and the girls decided they wanted to look out the window. We had fun that day :)

Remember how I talked about writing during me weekend off? Well that never happened. I was enjoying being alone in nature so much that by the time I got back into my hotel room, I was exhausted and too tired to blog. So I didn’t.

But it was a good trip. A much needed one since I had a lot of time to not think or worry about three other people. I’ll write about it someday, I hope.