Some Things I’ve Learned Since Starting Serious Blogging

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I used to blog for fun for years before I started this blog. It’s always fun to share your thoughts and ideas with the world and see what people have to say. I started blogging again in earnest this year and have been going steadily since May. I have made many mistakes along the way, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far after 4 months of “serious” blogging. Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should Wear an Apron in Japan and Everywhere

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I’ve always loved aprons. I remember trips to grandma’s house to make cookies for the holidays always involved wearing the cute little aprons she had on hand. There’s just something special about aprons. They are super easy to make, so if you have time, you should make one! With minimal sewing skills you can finish it easy peasy in an afternoon (with toddlers running around, it might take longer). Here in Japan it is common to see Japanese housewives and kindergarten teachers wearing these lovely things for a quick trip to the grocery store; I love that! Continue reading

Please Stop Commenting on How White My Kids Are (Japan)

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It happened again. Someone saw my face, a white Caucasian mother, and then looked at my kids, half Japanese, half American, and they immediately said, “Oh, they’re so white!” Then they smirked. Then they walked away. Well, the fact of the matter is my kids are not so white that it has to be commented on every. single. time. If these words were sincere, maybe I could stomach it, but 9.9/10 it’s said with bad intentions to create a wall that I just can’t seem to climb over. Continue reading

A Little History of the Japanese Bible

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So, you want to learn the Bible in Japanese, eh? It can’t be that hard, right? I mean, after all those cartwheels and back handsprings you had to do to learn kanji, learning the Bible is gonna be easy peasy, because after all, Western civilization was based on the Bible, so you’ve got this. Right?!? Wrong. Continue reading