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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. My brother, 8 years my senior and far too young, passed away this morning. He had been fighting kidney failure for several years, and very recently his health took a sharp turn for the worse. I do not currently have any details concerning […]

Ota City, Gunma

During Golden Week, the in-laws took us to see Ohta city in Gunma. I’ve never been there before, so it was nice to see someplace new. It seems that Ohta city is the third largest city in Gunma, and the home of Subaru motors. From the Wikipedia entry for Ota city, I also learned it […]

Give thanks and Party

My schedule has been very hectic lately, but there’s always time to stop and give thanks and party. The weeks after The Earthquake in Japan, I received a lot a shocking number of emails from friends, including ones I haven’t heard from in years, and family. I was inundated (in the most positive way) with […]

Golden Week 2011

This year’s Golden Week in Japan presented a nice chance to see Ayako’s parents in Maebashi. We also got to hang out with some of our friends there (and look forward to seeing them again soon, as 1 of Ayako’s friends is getting married in the Fall). Returning home on Thursday of last week, I […]

Big News!

As of last night, I have officially experienced one of the most incredible moments of my life. I saw, with my own eyes (with the help of modern technology), the heart of a baby not more than 8 weeks old. I am going to be a father. Ayako is 8 weeks along, healthy (just dealing […]