Half Birthday – Celebrating 6 Months of Life Together The half-birthday (ハーフバースディ, ha-fu ba-sudei) is not exclusive to Japan. It’s also big the West and you may see half birthday parties or photo shoots on Pintrest or Instagram.
Month 6 with Baby – Month 6 with Baby – WTF Am I Being Punished? The first week of month 6 with baby coincided with our return to Japan. Since we’ve returned, she’s been in kaiju mode nearly everyday. Maybe it’s the jet-lag or coming back to an extremely humid place, I don’t know.
7 Reasons Why Living in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward is Great Many apologies for the double post. “My Life in Edogawa” post got published while I was editing – and I didn’t even notice! I’m slowly finding my groove as a freelance writer. However, life with a baby means that she always becomes my priority. No matter if I have the perfect pitch or perfect opening for an article, I can’t write until she lets me. Still, I’m proud that I’ve been officially freelancing for two months now. I’m not making anywhere near my previous salary, but I like having something to do. At least I can justify being on the […]
Date with Baby – Kasai Rinkai Park, Ikspiari, and Disney Resort Line After a period of adjustment back to life in Japan, baby and I went on a half-day date. Out trip, by bus and train, took us around Edogawa in Tokyo and Maihama in Chiba. We visited Kasai Rinkai Park, then headed to Ikspiari, a Disney themed shopping mall. Finally, we rode the Disney Resort Line (Disney monorail) to Tokyo Disney Sea before heading home.
Month 5 with Baby – I Think I Love My Husband Baby is now five months old! I’m impressed with all the things she can do. Still, I spend nearly every day in shock because I’m used to the newborn stage. Every time she does something new, I think, “Are you advanced or is that just something all babies can do in month 5 of life?” In month 5 I have new perspectives on being a mom. I feel much more positively towards my relationship with my husband. On the other hand, I’m feeling a set of new professional and personal challenges.
International Marriage – My Husband is Japanese I thought I should title this post “Why I Married a Japanese Man” just because it’s a clickbait-y title. Being Japanese, that is something about my husband that he can’t control. I didn’t seek out a Japanese husband, and I would have married him if he were American, Korean, Egyptian, whatever. It sounds so “post racial,” but it’s true. I imagine people would want to know why I married a Japanese guy or there must be people out there wondering how they too could marry a Japanese guy, or could a relationship with a Japanese man and black American woman work. Recently, […]
From Pet Shop to Family – Kokuto’s Story – A Shiba’s Tale Happy Birthday to my dear Shiba, Kokuto! You’re 5 years old! To celebrate our five years together and all the changes a marriage and baby has brought us, I want to share this Shiba’s tale of how I got to be his human and he my furry companion.
Turkish Airlines Lounge – Washington D.C. Obligatory “This post isn’t sponsored by Turkish Airlines, Washington Dulles Airport, Star Alliance, or any entity mentioned.” disclaimer. With a layover of just under 5 hours, I decided to use Turkish Airlines Lounge in Washington, D.C. to pass time with baby. I don’t have any Star Alliance status anymore but can access some lounges with my credit card (some being the operative word. I’m limited to lounges in Japan, Incheon, and Honolulu). But, you don’t need a Business class ticket, alliance status, or special credit cards for lounge access, especially if you’re not a frequent flyer. Day use for airport lounges can go from […]
10 Years in Japan – From Gaijin Gyaru to Mama It has officially been ten, yes, TEN years that I’ve been living in Japan. Ironically, I am celebrating this very important life milestone from my home state of South Carolina! Then again, it’s perhaps fitting that I come full circle by bringing baby to my home state. As stated in my about me page, I left South Carolina straight out of college with a dream of a life in Japan, and now I’ve returned as a mom having had achieved that dream and many, many, many more. I celebrate this milestone with a blog post about why I chose to […]
ANA Airport Service & ANA Flight NH2 Onto Part Two of my first longhaul flight with baby. This time I will talk about heading to Narita Airport and navigating the airport alone, using ANA Airport Service, and the in-flight experience. As with the previous post, the disclaimer remains the same: This post is neither sponsored by nor endorsed by nor affiliated with by American Express or All Nippon Airways. However, the services of these two companies made our first flight a tremendous success. Therefore, I’m pleased to share my experience navigating Narita Airport alone with a baby and using ANA Airport Support.