A ladies day out, in Harajuku

I was so excited to have my mom in town for a visit and to show her some the many reasons why I love Japan. The two of us headed down to Harajuku on her first Sunday here and  loved wandering…

Robot Restaurant….ummm, speechless

 Thanks to my mom being in town for a visit, Matt and I got a rare date night. We headed down to Shinjuku with our good friends, the Kever’s, to the Robot Restaurant. We were in for quite an experience!…

Our opportunity to serve

Today we had the pleasure of attending a homeless ministry with our chapel community on base, in conjunction with a Japanese Christian church. I thought it would be a good way for the girls to learn service to others. The…

Inokashira Koen, and a hidden gem!

Today we headed back to the fun neighborhood of Kichijoji, to the Inokashira Koen (park). This is the bike parking at the train station and it goes on forever. There are similar bike lots all over Tokyo, even bike parking garages!…

The Azalea Festival, Nezu Shrine

We have a great TV news station here called NHK World, it is all in English and reminds me a lot of the  BBC. One of their featured stories was about the Azalea Festival that happens every April at Nezu…

The Flower Festival, Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park is one of our favorite places to go and is very near our home. Every season is so beautiful, but spring is extraordinary! Somehow, we missed Komorebi Village on past visits, but finally took a look inside this house.…

A Japanese St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On St. Patrick’s Day, we heard that Harajuku was hosting “Asia’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade”, and decided we should check this out. I wasn’t really expecting much, given the number of Irish settlers here, but Japan stepped up! This…

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, a day of plum blossoms

Today’s adventure was a trip to Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens to see the plum blossoms. Blossom viewing is very popular here and plum blossoms bloom a little earlier than the popular cherry blossoms. I can hardly wait for those! We loved…

New National Ballet of Tokyo

I spent the day in Tokyo, all by myself,  and attended the New National Ballet production of Swan Lake. The train dropped me off right in front of the building, convenient! This is a ballet that I have always wanted to…


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