It Makes the Day

Last night, for the third time in four days, my little one had a hard time sleeping through the night. She’s only ten months old, so she still holds many of her own mysteries. From around midnight she will half wake up and cry just loud enough to wake my wife and I. We’ll fight … More It Makes the Day

The Paper Chase

I’m not sure if the following anecdote is an insight into life in Japan or not. It happened here in Japan, and it does feel like something that belongs here. But, then again, as it get older and deal with my kids I enter grounds that I have no point of reference for. Maybe the … More The Paper Chase

Even in Japan…

I tend to avoid posting along the same themes two days in a row. And with yesterday’s piece also being a critique on modern Japan, I really did not intend to do so again today. But sometimes life has different plans and yesterday provided an incident that I need to release through the written word. … More Even in Japan…

Imagination Sandbox

Today’s title is meant quite literally. My four-year-old son and I were playing at the park. After a good amount of running and sliding, he wanted to play in the sandbox. It was a grand time. We dug and made little mountains. But what really cracked me up was when he announced that Bucket turned … More Imagination Sandbox

Little Joys

By nature, I am not a morning person. If left on my own, I do tend to drift to a schedule where I both stay up and sleep later. At least, I think I do. I’ll be honest, it’s been a long while since I could put that to the test, but it feels right. … More Little Joys

Golden Week: Day 1

Here in Japan we have reached that beloved string of holidays known as Golden Week. Due to the Imperial change over this year the total number of consecutive days off reaches nine. While I am always glad to have days off of work, I will admit it is not quite as exciting when national holidays … More Golden Week: Day 1