Tomodachi (友達) In Japan

Round two of my visitor blogs will commence now.  To be honest what a whirl wind that past month has been for me.  I’ll start by saying that hosting and touring around Japan is more exhausting then I had anticipated.  Honestly, it’s the truth.  This life can appear charmed and most of the time it…

Tips on Visiting Us in Japan

Pretty soon John and I will have a few months worth of friends and family visiting us here in Japan.  Starting the beginning of October and going into the New Year.  We are so excited to have such wonderful family and friends that are willing to make the journey to literally the other side of…

The Yukata: Traditional Japanese Summer Kimono

When I got to Japan it didn’t take long to figure out that summer time meant yukata time. For those that are not sure what a yukata is, it’s a summer kimono typically made of cotton and is often worn to Maturi’s (summer festivals) or other special events.  It’s common to see men and women…

Hot Town, Summer in the City

It’s hot.  I used to think the south was hot and humid but nothing compares to the heat and humidity that is Japan in the summer time.  I’m talking like three showers a day heat and humidity. The summer season is a interesting one here in Japan.  First of all it’s almost the end of July and…

Home Sweet Home in Japan

This blog post will be short and sweet, but I wanted to share a little about our home here in Japan.  Our apartment is the fourth place John and I have lived together since we moved in with each other FIVE years ago! Man, where did that time go? However, it seems that for the…

Finding Balance in This New (Expat) Life

Yesterday, I got home sick.  Not even really sure what brought it on, nothing significant happened yesterday.  So far life in Japan has been pretty fantastic, but yesterday I missed home.  I’m fairly certain that it was because I FaceTimed with my dad over the weekend, while he was checking in on our house.  I’ve…

Tales of a Japanese (Expat) Housewife

One of my biggest concerns about moving to Japan was what to do with my days during the week, as I wouldn’t be working full time any longer.  Prior to our big move I worked full time, as a social worker, and was really happy with my job (shout out to my U of M…