On to Japan!


We had a bit of a hunch that an overseas stint may be possible after DaddyO's training in Cali but weren't exactly prepared for how imminent it was. We got news the night before the slate popped that Japan was in our future and sure enough there was DaddyO's name on the list the next day.

geisha and samuri
Our previous three years living in Japan were wonderful. My brother put together this video that gives just a glimpse of our experience.

 
I always said that I'd like to return with kids. EJ has always loved watching Big Bird in Japan so when I told her we'd be visiting that far away country that "mommy and daddy used to live in" she was excited to be going too.


Now that we're only six months out I started looking through some of my "old" pictures to remember all the things I'd like to do with them. Here is just a few things on my long list:

1. Eat delicious food.

okonamiyaki
korean bbq
shabu shabu
sushi
ramen
2. Go biking.

ready to go

enoshima
3. Ride the trains.


4. Roam around the countryside.

matsumoto castle
kyoto
itsukushima
5. Climb Mt. Fuji.

sunrise
6. Visit Japanese friends.

cooking class
luxage english class
7.  Enjoy tea ceremonies.

matcha
8. Relax at our neighborhood onsen.

nuddy tuddy buddies
9. View the sakura blossoms.

 

10. Celebrate festivals.

tanabata
obon
11. Attend the many squadron events.

change of command
cherry boy and girl
over the hump
12. Go snowboarding.

nagano
hokaido
13. Wear kimonos.

kimono competition
seseis
15. Meet up with DaddyO's ship.

hong kong
16. Spend weekends in Tokyo.

shibuya
akihabara
asakusa
17. Welcome DaddyO home.

love him
I know this time around will be a bit different with the little ones to chase around but I can wait to give them a taste of all that Japan has to offer. There is going to be a lot to keep us busy the next two years!

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