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Rounding off January

No idea how it happened, but my calendar is telling me that one twelfth of 2017 is over. The heck… where did time go??! It feels like I didn’t even do anything in January! From memory, the only thing I did was go to…

1 February 2017

Welcoming 2017!

Happy new year! It’s that time of the year again, where slates are wiped clean and we all get a fresh start. A brand new year, full of promise! As always, I plan to list my resolutions for the new year here. But before I…

1 January 2017

How We Came to Japan

One of the questions I often receive is “How did you come to Japan?” Today, I will answer that question, as well as reminisce of how we came to be here. The first time we came to Japan was several years ago; I was working…

6 May 2016


n. the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness—to the extent you have to keep reminding yourself that it happened at all, even though it felt so vivid just days ago—which makes you wish…

24 February 2016

It was a good year, 2015! Hello 2016!

Happy New Year! How was 2015 for you? When a year ends and a new year begins, I like to reflect on the year as well as look ahead to the new year. This year I’ll do it in a style I saw elsewhere…

2 January 2016
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Holiday Announcement

The sister is on her annual pilgrimage to Japan and as you may already have noticed, posts are, and will continue to be delayed partly due to holiday festivities, but more due to me playing host, translator, navigator, tour guide, sister, and mother to her. Some…

18 December 2015

Falling in Love with Japan: The Beginning

On this day exactly 10 years ago, I made my first trip to Japan with Carys. And it was this trip that sparked my love for Japan and also why I chose to move to Japan. Twice. (another story that you can read about…

7 December 2015