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...

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...

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...

December 30, 2018

Thanks to you, I was able to spend a simple but meaningful Christmas with my whole family. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, too! I am spending my time relaxing at home, although I have not gone out because we need to fulfill so many housekeeping duties. I hope tha...

December 24, 2018

Today at Christmas Eve, my whole family watched "Bohemian Rhapsody". My sons and I already watched this movie a month ago and we became devoted Queen's fans. To tell the truth, I was a school refusing child in junior high school, I was addicted to the music of Queen fl...

December 23, 2018

Being a mother, it's difficult because there may be some troubles with our kids. It's been hard for me. There are instances that I feel lonely especially because my husband is working far from us. Now, I am ecstatic because my husband will go back to Netherlands. We're...

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