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 6, 2018

Last November 25, my second son and I were invited by Paul, to the Niiname Sai (新嘗祭) which he organized. Together, we gave thanks for the bountiful harvest from the previous year and prayed for fruitfulness in the coming year. We offered sake (神酒) to the gods and ate a...

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...

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 1, 2018

I bought a movie pass to enjoy learning languages during the summer vacation. Every month, we pay 19 euros. It is necessary to continue for a minimum of 4 months. The pass can be canceled after 5 months. My eldest son and I gifted each other with movie passes because o...

July 27, 2018

Four years have passed since I moved to the Netherlands, but today was the hottest day ever. It's 36 degrees! I am from Kyoto and it is like a burning hell during the summer, it can even cause a heat stroke. Unfortunately, we do not have air conditioning, so I do not f...

June 30, 2018

Today's fund raising event was the biggest. It was organized by the school the children attended, for the International Fair Day. There are around 2032 (please check) booths in all because there are more than 40 nationalities attending in the International School. This...

June 21, 2018

It's still bright although it's past 10:30pm.

June 15, 2018

We can not spend much time together. Every moment is valuable and irreplaceable.

June 13, 2018

She visited us twice today. Amazingly, she can also understand English like a Dutch person.

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