Sad News, Life Goes On…

I haven’t written my blog for a while. I just didn’t know quite what to write for the last few days. On Monday, I had a message on my mobile phone to call Mary Ann. I noticed that she had sent the message at 5:30 am her time (6:30 pm here), but I didn’t see it until a few hours later. I knew something was up because of the time she sent the message. I had expected something along the lines of Mary Ann had to go to the hospital because of her anemia, or something with her mom or … Continue reading

Summer Means…

Clear, blue skies with fluffy, white clouds The hot sun beating down on you Soporific heat, and sweating, while lying next to the pool, half asleep in a kind of trance-like state Knowing that you can’t resist too much longer before jumping in to the nice cool water Sounds of kids laughing and splashing in the pool Ice-cold water from the cooler box Cicadas singing in the trees The pleasure of a good book (being read by the pool, of course) (You can substitute “the lake” for “the pool” above.) This is kind of how I felt this afternoon. Tak … Continue reading

Keeping in Touch

I guess my favorite thing about computers,the internet all this technology is the social aspect. It allows me to keep in touch with family and friends who are far away, and facilitates making new friends. I have to say that I’m completely hooked on facebook now. Last year, people in my office were talking a bit about mixi (a Japanese networking site), but I never went and checked it out. Then I heard talk about myspace and facebook, but I thought they were probably just a waste of time, something trendy that younger people are doing (like IMing, which I … Continue reading

Gaku’s Mimicking / The Embassy

Yesterday, Tak took Gaku out looking for cicadas again. On the way back they stopped and rented a movie – Toy Story (again). So Gaku was watching it yesterday afternoon. And while he was watching it, he was repeating phrases from the movie, things like, “you’re a toy”, “that’s not flying”, and “stupid dog”. I’m sure these phrases, and others, will be popping up in Gaku’s play. It’s interesting because he speaks mostly Japanese to most people. But when he’s playing by himself with his characters, he uses more English. And he tends to speak English to Hana (Tak noticed … Continue reading

Summertime and the Living is Easy

We were planning to go to the pool again today, but decided we’d better skip it today. Gaku had a low-grade fever yesterday. At daycare, he DIDN’T WANT TO GO IN THE POOL! That has to be a first time. Depending on how things go today, we’ll probably go to the pool tomorrow. Gaku is really, really into cicadas this year. Last year he was interested, but a bit afraid. He didn’t want to touch them. This year he has no problem picking up the live ones. He’s also got quite a collection of their shed shells. Last night after … Continue reading

Another Fun Day at the Pool

I took both little ones to the Edogawa Pool Garden by myself today. It’s much nicer, less crowded on a week day. I think there were only about 2/3 the number of people today compared to Sunday. When we got there, it was about lunch time, so we had some onigiri and I nursed Hana before we got in the pool. We played for about an hour, when they blew the whistle for everyone to get out of the pools. They do this once an hour to check that everything is okay. Gaku is so much fun to take out … Continue reading

Fun Weekend – Fireworks and Pool

What a great weekend we just had. I think it’ll take me a fair amount of the day to get everything cleaned up and put away. On Saturday, we went to the Itabashi Fireworks. Now this doesn’t just mean going in the evening. I always go in the early afternoon to lay out a huge sheet and get a spot for everyone. Otherwise, you end up watching from some cramped spot on a steep slope. We always go down to this big field and set up there around noon or so. I borrowed a small pop-up tent from Mizuho so … Continue reading

Fire Fighting Museum

I have this fantastic book called “子どもとでかける東京あそび場ガイド” (Going out with kids in Tokyo guide). It has lots of places that are great for kids with information about getting there, cost, what aged kids it’s good for, how baby-friendly it is, and details about the activities. It includes everything from huge parks, amusement parks, and museums. Quite a few of the places in it are free. We’ve found lots of fun things to do from this book. For the past few weeks, Gaku and I have been talking about going to a water museum. Gaku likes the picture of a kid … Continue reading

All in the Details

Gaku is pretty good about noticing little things. When he comes to my room he always takes a couple of minutes to look around and see if there’s anything different (anything he wants). I usually wear a cross necklace and earrings that were Christmas presents from Tak. But the other day, I decided to wear a different necklace and earrings. When I picked Gaku up at daycare the first thing he said to me was, “マーミ、新しいネックレスですか?” (Mommy, you’re wearing a new necklace?) Then the next day I was wearing a ring that I haven’t worn for a while. He noticed … Continue reading

Water Babies

Both Gaku and Hana just love water! Today, I picked Gaku up at daycare. One of his teachers Kuroda-sensei told me a cute Gaku story. This year is the first year that Gaku has been able to go in the “big” pool. Up until this year, he has only played in little tiny pools (really more like buckets) on the veranda of his classroom. He really loves the pool. Gaku is in the 2-year-old class this year; he was still 2 as of April 1, which is the magic date for determining school year in Japan. I guess that there … Continue reading