Category Archives: Family

Foreigners on Japanese TV

As many folks know, Japan and other Asian countries are pretty ethnically homogenous. In Japan, 99% of the people there are ethnically Japanese, they speak Japanese language, they eat Japanese food, do things the Japanese way, etc. So, there aren’t … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Little Guy!

This is Little Guy. He is 1 year old today. :-) He had a lot of fun playing with his American grandparents, cousins and aunties. But now he is fast asleep. Happy Birthday, Little Guy!

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Pumpkin Patch 2014

Hi Everyone, Halloween is fast approaching, so my family and I went to a pumpkin patch recently. The purpose, of course, is to buy pumpkins! We went to the same farm as last year: Bob’s Corn. We like this pumpkin … Continue reading

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Children Over Parents: some Buddhist parenting advice

Hello, Since this is the Fall Ohigan week here on the blog, I wanted to do another Buddhist post. This one is about my little boy, whom I call “Little Guy”. He is now 11 months old, and likes to … Continue reading

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Omatsuri in Japan

Summer in Japan is pretty interesting. On the one hand, you have to face heat, humidity, mosquitos, typhoons (more on that in another post) and such. On the other hand, you have lots of neighborhood summer festivals called omatsuri (お祭り). … Continue reading

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Ohakamairi

Every year, when we visit Japan, we often pay respect to my wife’s deceased relatives and ancestors. This is a common practice in Japan called ohakamairi (お墓参り) where ohaka just means a grave, while mairu is the humble version of … Continue reading

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Buddhist Shrines, American Style

Lately, while visiting the Rissho Kosei Kai temple here in Seattle, I’ve been getting some good sources of inspiration for my Buddhist shrine at home. As mentioned before, the services at that temple are usually divided between English service, and … Continue reading

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