Moving is a hassle. Moving across the world is a gamble. You might receive your beloved items, they might be returned in pieces, or they might vanish, never to be seen again. Anyone in the military can regale you with horror stories of lost belongings, damaged furniture, and ruined heirlooms. Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect. However, when friends of mine talk about the … Continue reading A Moving Experience
Like many Americans, I love all things royal, however un-American that may seem.Whether I’m reading about Henry VIII’s doomed wives, Juana la Loca’s heartbreaking spiral toward insanity, or Kate Middleton’s latest fashion faux pas (of which there are few), I am hooked. Monarchies, past or present, captivate me. They act as rare links to bygone days, while posing the difficult question of what’s to come … Continue reading The Chrysanthemum Throne
New Years in Japan is different than the raucous party holiday we celebrate in the States. It’s more like Thanksgiving or Christmas: a time for families. Generations gather to ring in the coming year, which certainly makes more sense than masses of strangers standing in the freezing cold to watch an oversized disco ball. Instead, midnight brings the peals of Buddhist temple bells across the … Continue reading Are You Feeling Lucky?
Newly licensed in Japan, Alex and I were ready for our first test-drive. And what better way than a real-life Mario Kart adventure through the streets of Tokyo? That’s right, with less than three minutes of instruction and dressed in ridiculous costumes, we zoomed around Japan’s capital in tiny go-karts, bobbing and weaving our way through the thick traffic. A pretty cool way to celebrate … Continue reading Tokyo Drift: Go-Kart Edition
You can’t come to Japan without noticing how clean it is. There’s no trash on the streets, and any debris that does happen to fall is instantly swept away by one of the countless custodians. However, if you wish to throw something away, good luck! Japan has a very strict trash sorting policy, and you’re expected to save that candy wrapper or water bottle and … Continue reading Let’s Talk Toilets
My husband and I occasionally succumb to the draw of HGTV. Late at night, while snuggled in our bed, pillows acting as a cocoon, we sit together and find ourselves entranced for hours as the episodes tick by, watching the over-expectant house hunters search and search for the perfect place. We laugh together as silly first-time buyers ramble off a wish list one mile long … Continue reading House Hunters International
When in Japan… you eat… well, I’m not really sure. … Because we moved with the military, we have the option of living in a little America. We can live on base, eat at the local Chilis or McDonalds, and go to a traditional movie theater on the weekends. And frankly, it’s a nice safety blanket. But we moved here for the purpose of trying … Continue reading Epicuriosity
Two roads diverged and I took the one lesson traveled by… and that is why it was so damn difficult. We’ve arrived after three days of travel. Moving across the world is extremely taxing, but the hardest part isn’t emotional. It’s physical. Carrying eight bags, weighing between 45 and 70 lbs is just painful. And I really feel for my poor husband who had to … Continue reading We are Here!
“Are you freaking out?” This is the first question I am asked when I tell people my husband and I are moving to Japan. And they all seemed surprised when I say no. Then they study me, tilting their head to the side like I’m a non-human species that’s difficult to comprehend, and then they smile, straighten up and say, “Well, that’s okay. You will.” Perhaps … Continue reading Are You Freaking Out?