Happy Harroween!

I’ve known for awhile that Halloween is a BIG deal in Japan.  It may be an all-American holiday that evolved from the traditions of Irish immigrants (who used to carve scary faces in turnips!), but in Japan it’s a holiday that comes so natural. Everything about Halloween plays rather nicely with the fantasy-loving, costume-wearing, and non-cynical side of…

Happy 1 year to us!

Last weekend Trav and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary.  Our plan was to go downtown for the weekend, and Travis had made a hotel reservation in Ginza.   But then Saturday morning, the day we were to leave for town, I had an abrupt reminder that it was also my 1 year anniversary of being an Air Force wife when the…

Dogs in Japan

  I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a dog person.  Please understand, I’m not a dog hater.  I have nothing against dogs.  Dogs are great.  Other people’s dogs are awesome.  I just don’t want to be fully responsible for something that breathes anytime soon, and Travis has agreed that we will have a no dependent policy for as…

Tokyo: My new hometown

I’m not a city girl, but I’m becoming one. It’s been a little over two months since I’ve moved to the world’s most populated city.  Tokyo makes Manhattan look like Benton, Arkansas.  And it’s even more bizarre to me now that it’s sinking in that I’m not just on a vacation. This is indeed my new “home town,” for the next 3-4 years,…