A Lifestyle Blog With an Expat Twist.

  • MtMitakeMain

    6 Happy Sights

    I’ve learned the best experiences often occur with the least amount of advanced planning. You have an idea and just bite the bullet and go for it. This was the case when…

  • DailyEight71

    The Daily 8

    Today my legs are still recovering from a great hike this weekend. It’s always a treat to get out of the city and into nature, even just for the day. Check back later today…

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    A Gifting Culture

    In Japan, gifts are a staple of social interaction. My cooking instructor gave me a gift of appreciation for taking her class — a small cosmetic pouch. Craig has brought…

  • GirlbossMain

    Required Reading: #GIRLBOSS

    When the possibility of moving to Japan first came up, the question that immediately popped into my head was: “What am I going to do all day?” I knew I would be…

  • CioppinoMain

    Small Kitchen Missions: 30-Minute Cioppino

    As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we enjoy a lot of soups in our house. They’re the easiest to assemble with limited space, but that doesn’t mean they have to be…

    DailyEight70

    The Daily 8

    TGIF. I had another successful bootcamp class this morning and feel ready to make the most of the weekend, especially now that the rain is gone.…

    DailyEight69

    The Daily 8

    Craig and I booked out tickets this week to fly home Jan.1 and we couldn’t be more excited — it will have been almost 11 months…

    DailyEight68

    The Daily 8

    After an absolutely picturesque day yesterday, today has been gloomy and rainy so far. But compared to how other parts of Japan have been impacted by…

    DailyEight67

    The Daily 8

    The wind and rain really picked up last night around 11 p.m., so I expected to wake up to a seriously gloomy Tuesday. Instead, we opened…

    Typhoon3

    6 Happy Sights

    Well, I’m happy to report the effects of the typhoon haven’t been too intense here in Tokyo, but the rain is supposed to continue through Wednesday. We…

    DailyEight66

    The Daily 8

    Today everyone in Tokyo is bracing themselves for the arrival of Typhoon Vongfong. It’s also a national holiday, so most people aren’t working. It doesn’t look…

    DailyEight65

    The Daily 8

    It’s been a hectic week but I was happy to have so much to do. Now, like all of Japan, we’re bracing ourselves for Super Typhoon…

    DailyEight64

    The Daily 8

    Today was busy busy busy. I took another bootcamp class this morning, finished up some freelance work and then I led my first conversational English class,…

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