July 6, 2020

Thank you for all the birthday messages! I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

I spent my birthday with my family who gave me lovely gifts. On my birthday, I really had a blast. I celebrated one of the happiest birthdays of my life. My family prepared a surprise birt...

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...

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...

April 19, 2019

The organizer of the Houjicha Ceremony is Marie-Thérèse. I met her at last year's IDP Amsterdam, organized by Shinji Kasema and Andreas Woehle. She has been practicing Medical Shiatsu Therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu® and Yoga from 1995 to the present. She is familiar with KOB...

March 31, 2019

My eldest son came home from a school trip to Spain.🇪🇸
He brought back a pack of marzipan.
Eating just one piece is enough for me. It soooo sweet!


March 9, 2019

Tomorrow marks the eighth year of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Eight years have already passed since the biggest tsunami hit Tōhoku. Victims still have difficulty restoring and reconstructing their lives after the incident. As we continue our life in the Netherland...

January 5, 2019

A storm of fireworks always heralds the beginning of the year in the Netherlands. For the past five years, our family has been celebrating the New Year in the Netherlands, but this year was the first time that my sons participated in lighting fireworks with the rest of...

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