Gumma, Birthday, JLPT N2

Today I’m heading to Gumma to the in-laws place. Tomorrow, December 1st, Mia turns 1 year old We’ll celebrate with the folks and probably do some crazy Japanese tradition where we strap a giant piece of rice cake to Mia’s back and watch her crawl / walk around with it. After the festivities tonight and […]

Turkey Turkey Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m spending this Thanksgiving in the US (first time in 4 years). Looking forward to the feast

House foundation marking, Turkey Day

Today, Sunday, we met the housing contractor at our land to review a few things. It was windy and cold today, but luckily it was sunny and not raining — so things proceeded quite smoothly. We spent about an hour and a half inspecting the property lines, utility poles, water drains, road access, topography (our […]


Since roughly May of this year I started spending time doing serious research on what it’d take to own a place to live in Japan. Ayako and I have been thinking about it since we got married (and have been saving at least that long), but just this year decided the timing was right. When […]