First Post in Over a Year

Holy. Moly. I just logged in to see that it has been over one year since my last post. An entire year.

What have I been up to? Well, tons of stuff. For one, I’m typing this from a totally different house across the world from where my last post was written.

In the past year we’ve completed our Japan bucket list, I’ve been through the ringer in terms of medical stuff, we’ve said goodbye to our friends in Japan, and we’ve returned to America.

I made a few appearances on the NHK tv show Kawaii International. I had a few more on location and in-studio shoots for Cool Japan and that was a great way to wrap up my experience on the show.

Another way I tried to make some last minute memories was over on Instagram. I did a 60 day count down of things I’d miss about daily life in Japan.

Some friends and acquaintances suggested that the count down was a bad idea as it might make me sad, but I felt like it helped me cherish the “little things” while still making me deal with the big impending move.

Saying I didn’t want to move is an understatement. I felt like I was being forcefully ripped away from a place that felt more like home than anywhere I’ve ever lived before.

We’ve only been in America for two months and while the pacific northwest is nice it’s a world away from Tokyo.


Mt. Rainier- it looks a bit like Fuji if you squint hard enough.

People are generally nice here and I like our neighborhood. However, daily life in America is different than Japan.

Shopping at night can be scary. Heck, in my opinion anywhere is scary at night in America.  Selling to individuals on sites like Facebook or OfferUp can be dicey, too. I miss being able to trust most people.

I had one lady try to buy my unlocked phone, offering me my asking price plus $20 to deliver it to her. At her house. At 7:30  pm at night. I offered to meet her at a nearby police station, and as you can imagine I never heard from her again.

One of the biggest differences to me is that adults don’t wear backpacks here, and in some places backpacks are even prohibited!


No backpacks allowed!

What a bummer! I’m having to figure out how I can most efficiently turn my Anello backpack into a cross body bag…if it’s even possible.

It would be such a waste to be unable to use it on a daily basis.

And yes, this is the Goodwill. Gotta save that money! Moving overseas is expensive… the military doesn’t cover all the costs involved with setting up a new life in a new place, though they do provide a bit of a cushion to help. It’s just a buffer though and can’t cover everything.

I hope to spend more time on this blog in 2018. It was quite neglected in recent years.

In regard to my crazy health issues- that’s a post for another day. This past year I ran in to some very unusual side effects of having a weakened immune system and I might blog about those at a later date.

And other stuff. I need to write about some other stuff eventually. I have a list of topics I’ve kept in my phone but as you can see I’m way behind in that little endeavor.

But, I digress. Now I’m tired just from writing this post. Time to go rest. Tomorrow is another day.

Wishing anybody who reads this a great day or evening ahead. Thank you for reading!





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