Some special overnight guests

We recently had the opportunity to host two Japanese students in our home overnight, as part of an English exchange program. We were supposed to show them around the air force base, our home and give them as much of…

A soggy but fun 4th of July, in Japan

After an incredibly beautiful spring, the rainy season is upon us! This was probably one of the most gloomy 4th of July’s I can remember, it was drizzly all day, (the 4th I spent in Portland, OR was worse, I can…

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…

A (very) last minute trip to the States

As military members, we are able to fly on military planes on a “space available” basis, sometimes called a “hop”. In other words, as long as there is room available, we can travel at no cost to the determined destination.…

A Guinness World Record…in hot dogs.

A few weeks ago, our town Fussa, along with the Fussa Dog restaurant set out to break a Guinness World Record in hot dogs. They needed to set up at least 250 meters of hot dogs, lined up end to end. There…

A Japanese farm and Sushi-Chu

We had the opportunity to visit a Japanese farm today with the other pharmacists from the hospital. This area of land was sectioned off and different families owned plots.  I really had no idea how many different vegetables are unique to Japan.…

Moving day, Yokota Air Base

Moving day! After two months of living out of suitcases, it was so nice to see our belongings again! Everything was boxed up, wrapped in paper and loaded into these wooden shipping crates. Our moving crew was awesome, the best…

My new (to me) Japanese car

Since arriving at Yokota Air Base, we purchased a new (to me) Japanese car. It is a Toyota FunCargo. It looks very small, but is actually pretty roomy on the inside. We quickly learned that the smaller the car the…

Fun city park close to Yokota Air Base

The girls and I found this fun city park with a climbing contraption and some really fun roller slides. They said the rollers hurt their bottoms, but continued to slide over and over again anyway. I have since heard that…