International Marriage – My Husband is Japanese


Life in Japan, Relationships

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, […]

July 26, 2017

Turkish Airlines Lounge – Washington, D.C.


Travel with Baby

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 […]

July 16, 2017

10 Years in Japan – From Gaijin Gyaru to Mama


Life in Japan

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 […]

July 7, 2017

ANA Airport Service & ANA Flight NH2


Travel with Baby

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.

June 24, 2017

First Long Haul Flight with Baby – Buying Tickets, What to Pack


Travel with Baby

First Long Haul Flight with Baby – Buying Tickets, What to Pack Now that jet lag is wearing off and baby is slowly returning to her regular schedule (though it seems like she’s teething), I have time to write about our first international flight together. Disclaimer: This post is neither sponsored by nor endorsed by nor affiliated with American Express or All Nippon Airways.

June 21, 2017

Month 4 with Baby – I Think I Hate My Husband


A Year With Baby, Life With Baby, Relationships

Month 4 with Baby – I Think I Hate My Husband May went by easier than the first three months but gave me a new set of challenges, not to mention my first bout with mastitis. The challenges I’m really talking about are my relationship with my husband and myself. There’s an idea that mommy bloggers sometimes are just too personal, too real –selfies with tired eyes and bed head or proudly showing off their nursing positions and expressed milk. Writing too truthfully about their labor experience, postpartum blues/anger, and sex after baby.

June 8, 2017

Getting Through the First Three Months


Baby Milestones, Life With Baby

Getting Through the First Three Months Soon, we’ll be on our way to the US! I keep in touch regularly with my mother with Skype and FaceTime, but actually being able physically introduce baby to her- it’s exciting! Here’s a look back at the first three months with baby. This post is mainly for myself, to let me know how far I’ve come, because there were times when I just wanted to run away. I’m not exaggerating, either.

June 3, 2017

Baby Bottle Blues – When Your Baby Refuses a Bottle


Life With Baby, Travel with Baby

Baby Bottle Blues – When Your Baby Refuses a Bottle With a new baby, I’ve always thought that traveling by car would be more convenient. Afterall, if we are in our own vehicle, there would be no way that a crying baby would disturb other passengers. This is Japan, after all, where meiwaku (迷惑、being a nuisance) and kuuki yomenai (空気読めない、being painfully oblivious to one’s surroundings) are the big mustn’ts of society.

May 31, 2017