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...

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...

September 26, 2018

Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon 21) struck the Japanese cities of Kobe, Osaka and my home town Kyoto on Tuesday, 4 September. My parents’ house also suffered a power outage. I was very worried because I could not get in touch with my parents until my mother was able to charge he...

September 11, 2018

I went to the Japanese embassy to pick up a kimono rack to exhibit Mr. Hiroya Fujii’s kimono and some confectionery plates. They shall be used for the next International Day of Peace Amsterdam. Since I have no car, I had no choice but to ride a train because the displa...

August 29, 2018

Three times a year, my son has the task of doing something useful to society that he can do with himself as part of his school class.
First, my eldest son negotiated with the fish shop in the market so that they could hand over fish parts that they are not selling in t...

August 16, 2018

Today is the birthday of my youngest son, which coincides with Okuribi. When we lived in Kyoto, we would celebrate his birthday after watching the bonfires. I miss doing that here in the Netherlands.

This was taken four years ago by me

August 2, 2018

Grapes have grown a lot.
There are also tassels that are starting to color.

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