Just before my daughter was born, in the high August heat, we had a last day date in Tokyo, just my son and I. He had a modeling audition and once it was over, I had the genius idea to head across town to the Tokyo Toy Museum. It was inside, it was air-conditioned, and it.… Read More Tokyo Toy Museum
On what started out as an overcast, cloudy day this summer, my son and I drove out to Tokyo DisneySea to enjoy some one-on-one time before his little sister arrived and gave him some competition made us a family of four. He’s not much on rides yet at this age (2), so the Toyville Trolley… Read More Tokyo DisneySea!
Our girls weekday trip to the Izu Peninsula was a pretty awesome respite from the hustle-and-bustle tourism we always get up to in Tokyo. We had gorgeous weather during our short road trip and we took full advantage, hitting up a local geopark that boasted a pretty cool cave and sand ski area. What’s that… Read More Out & About in the Izu Peninsula
Just before the heat of the summer got unbearable, a dear friend and I took all our kids down for a weekend away on the Izu Peninsula. We’d been on the lookout for easy road trips, and this fit the bill for a seven-month-pregnant person: all its famous hikes were reputed to be ridiculously easy… Read More Hiking Kawazu Seven Falls
It’s no secret that I am obsessed with safaris. I love animals. I love nature. Seeing animals IN their natural habitat is something of a perfect fit, and we even have a separate savings account dedicated toward going on an African safari, one small weekly deposit at a time. So when I learned there was an… Read More Fuji Safari Park
In early summer, we took a quick day trip to Fuji Peace Park, a couple hours away from our house. We’d seen some incredible views of Fuji-san from here on a friend’s Facebook photos, and my hardcore FOMO kicked in – I had to see it for myself. The views didn’t disappoint. From the moment… Read More Fuji Peace Park
One of the most surprising things to me about living in Japan is how much seasonal foods & flowers impact daily life here. We’ve attended countless festivals celebrating the turn of the seasons, and one of my favorite apps is one called 72 Seasons, which outlines the changing of Japan’s seasons based on the ancient… Read More Picking Fruit & Vegetables in Japan!
I couldn’t be more thrilled to write a monthly column for SavvyTokyo on parenting in Japan. The culture and community mindset is so fascinating to me, and I see so much I’d like to emulate in raising my own children. Teaching them to be confident and independent is a major quality we noticed right from… Read More How Japan Prepares Its Children for Independence – SavvyTokyo
Things are looking a bit different in our household lately, with the arrival of a daughter! A second child also meant that traveling around to Japanese adventures became much, much harder. My son is still young enough that walking around to activities all day still wears him out, and he often wants to be carried… Read More Traveling with Two Through Tokyo
In mid-June, we took part in one of my favorite Japanese traditions: making something to eat and drink. Japan is hugely focused on seasonal foods and treats, and umeshu (plum wine) is one of them. By June, all the ingredients to make your own plum wine at home were front and center in Japanese groceries. I… Read More Making Umeshu