May 7, 2020


May 5, 2020



Thank you all for your messages of concern. We are all fine!
In the Netherlands, the "intelligent lockdown" that started on March 16 is being ca...

December 31, 2019

My partner who works and cares for his mother in Japan arrived in t...

August 24, 2019

Our family was able to watch and admire the first "Gozan no Okuribi" (Mountain Bonfire) in Kyoto Matsugasaki after being away for 5 years.

Japanese people believe that during the Bon Festival, the spirits of our departed loved ones visit our ancestral homes. The lightin...

July 3, 2019

I received the "Overseas Election Certification" from the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands. I'm relieved.

June 2, 2019

Kyoto's early summer feature "Kyoto Takigi-noh: noh theater performed at night by a fire." is on its 70th year of being held annually on June 1 and 2 in the grounds of Heian Shrine. With a background of the greenery of the Higashiyama mountains and the vermilion color...

May 19, 2019

Last Sunday, my sons found a hedgehog in front of our house. It was the first time we saw a wild hedgehog. We had to transfer the hedgehog to another location because he was going to be hit by our front door whenever we would swing it open. My sons were fascinated with...

May 12, 2019

Today is Mother's Day. I got a lot of presents from my three sons. I'm very happy to experience this as a mother, and at the same time, to express my gratitude as a daughter to my own mother in Kyoto. She had been hospitalized because of Takayasu disease, but fortunate...

May 8, 2019

On May Day, May 1, and on Constitution Day, May 3, I went to Den Haag by train for the first time after a while with the whole family (including Papa!) The Japanese embassy has a booth where people can register and write a message to celebrate the coronation of the new...

April 21, 2019

Today is Easter. Our friends living nearby invited us to their home. Immediately, an egg hunt took place in the backyard after lunch. They told us to find the eggs before the hourglass empties on one side, but they are good at hiding their eggs, so my kids and I had di...

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