A little about me and the blog...
Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey and North Carolina, no one would have guessed I'd move to Japan for 5 years, but long story short that is just what happened. I am a product of the JET Programme, a teaching exchange program that sends native English speakers to Japan to teach English and increase international awareness at public schools and in the community. It was a wonderful experience which I owe my deep gratitude for because it was during my stint in Ibaraki Prefecture that I met my wonderful amazing husband. How we met is a rather funny story (gay night at the club Ageha in Tokyo), but basically we dated briefly before I returned to America, did a year and a half of long distance with various rendezvous in Vietnam, America, and Japan, and finally I returned to Japan to make sure he was really "the one". Indeed he was and within a few years we were engaged, had a magical destination wedding in Hawaii, and finally quit our jobs, traveled the world for 1 month (literally - 9 countries!) and settled in the Big Apple.
On my 30th birthday we decided it was time to work on expanding our family, and it took 4 months to get the thrilling double line on the pee stick, followed by 9 long weeks of intense morning sickness, ick. I'm currently sitting here at 39 weeks, already on maternity leave, with my wee little bun in the oven not quite ready to come out it seems, which gives me a nice period to relax, nest, and get this blog started! Hooray!
Being American but having lived in Japan for 5 years and having married into a Japanese family, I have come to be quite familiar with the good, the bad, and the ugly of both the Japanese and American cultures. That said, it seems there is always a new shocker right around the corner in my household. "You think you'll get diarrhea if your stomach gets cold?" "A baby's name can bring them bad luck depending on the number of strokes in the kanji character, and the day/time/location of their birth??" "Your company actually thinks we'd be cool with you moving back to Japan, without your family, for a couple of years???" I mean, wow! But no matter the issue, it really is fascinating to delve into the reasoning and history behind it, which usually leads you to a better understanding. Now, whether or not you agree with the argument and the solution is a whole other story, but these are some of the fun things we'll be covering in this blog! But not just US-Japanese cultural issues, but also ones more generally applicable to any parents - such as whether or not to vaccinate, how to choose a pediatrician, shopping for baby on a budget, finding mommy support groups, etc!
I hope you'll not just be a loyal reader, but also an active participant in the discussions! Please let me know if you have a topic you'd like to guest blog about, or one you'd like to see me post about. All opinions are welcome!!
12/19/2012 01:18:31 am
Hey there! I'm looking forward to reading about your experiences, and maybe learning more about Japanese culture. Chinese people say the same thing about the number of strokes in their names, so needless to say, if we give our future kids Chinese names, it will be up to my mil to pick them!
12/19/2012 10:30:35 am
I found this blog through your post on MIJ...congratulations on your bundle of joy! A word to the wise, though....having children will bring out many deeper differences in culture than you ever thought about. For example, when your baby gets a fever, you will try to bring the fever down and your husband and his family will argue with you to do everything to raise the fever higher! This is an issue of health and your child's life and well being and both of you will feel equally strongly that your method of care if better. There is no compromising...the fever has to be dealt with. Learn to fight fair. Remember its a cultural difference and no one is trying to kill your child. This kind of issue will come up again and again. Try to laugh and listen. Good luck and I hope to read more exciting things in the future!
12/20/2012 12:39:44 pm
So happy you're entering in the blogging world! Looking forward to following my dear sister on her journey! Good luck!
12/30/2012 10:38:13 pm
I also came to Japan on Jet, met an amazing man, dud done time long distance (back in Canada and also China for work) and am now finally back in Japan, not married yet but cohabitating
12/30/2012 10:39:31 pm
We just finished up New Year's dinner at the family's in Nagano. I bookmarked your blog! I'm also interested in a destination wedding...
3/8/2013 08:06:19 pm
Not exactly sure how this can be framed as cross cultural, but I'm interested in a post on how you are getting Kenzo to sleep. I am obsessed with helping Keito be a good sleeper. I've read several books, spent hours reading blogs, and I'm trying hard but I still think he might be sleep deprived! I feel like this is the optimal time to teach him to sleep -- before he hits 4 months. I'm really feeling the pressure and concerned about sleep.
5/22/2023 11:12:51 pm
Your blog has piqued a lot of real interest. I can see why since you have done such a good job of making it interesting. I appreciate your efforts very much.
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I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1), focusing on fun and honest product and travel reviews, saving moms time finding the best for their families! Find what you need in the menu bar or search section above!