Daily life and the Coronavirus (Part 3)

What did you do today?  I started the day having a few moments for myself, then blogging to you all.  I got a message from my husband this morning urging me to uptick our cleaning upon our entryway, so I … Read More

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

Boba: The Best of the Best

One of the best drinks that I’ve had in Japan is Boba. Boba is otherwise known as bubble tea. I know it as deliciousness! Gong Cha is probably one of the most popular places in Japan to get Boba. This … 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

Showa Park

Showa Park is a place that I have visited many times, for school field trips, for hanging with friends, or just to get away. It used to be about 100-200 yen. However, due to a lack of visitors, there has … Read More