Author Archives: Mica

Daily life and the Coronavirus (Part 2)

Technology can be awesome, right?!  I have been staying connected with my friends in Japan both local Japanese and military peeps.  They are doing what they need to do.  Daily life is starting to resume, having adapted to more precautions … Read More

Daily life and the Coronavirus (Part 1)

Well no one could have predicted how this would go.  A few days a go our youngest innocently looked at me and said “Mom, this wasn’t the year to start a travel business.”  Of course, I had mixed emotions when … Read More


With the arrival of the respiratory illness, the Coronavirus or COVID-19, the world awaits anxiously to what is being done to prevent its transmission both in the United States and abroad.  There are many media channels covering this situation, education … Read More

Ramen in Tokyo, Japan

Ramen in Tokyo, Japan Ramen is one of the most famous dishes in Tokyo, originally a noodle dish from China. The Japanese have changed it and customized it to be their own and remarkable well I might add! Ramen is … Read More

Snowboarding in Japan

As I have shared before, we have three children.  When we met, we both had learned to snowboard (Trent) and ski (me) while in college, early into our marriage we recognized that if we taught our children to ski/snowboard it … Read More

Onsens (Hot springs)!

The first year we lived in Japan we went on a family ski trip to Hakuba and we ran into other families from the base. After skiing all day, a dad of one of my daughter’s friends convinced my husband … Read More


A fond memory of Japan was our shopping for “lucky bags” on New Year’s Day.  I always kept a little cash from Christmas to use on our lucky bag shopping, because it was The Best!  Lucky bags are also known … Read More


Japan has my heart, I got emotional and cried on the plane when we moved back to the states last summer, for many, many reasons.  Frozen in my seat as the airplane taxied down the runway, I will never forget … Read More