Category Archives: Family

You Can’t Please Everybody

Hello, I am writing a shorter post this time, the 3rd and final post about the Harlem Hellfighters will come soon (not quite done yet), but I wanted to share an interesting story that happened earlier this week. Last year, … Continue reading

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Children’s Day 2014, Little Guy’s First

Hello, May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan, or kodomo no hi (子供の日). Originally, it was a holiday for boys (still is somewhat), but nowadays kids in general enjoy Children’s Day. Many kids like to hang koinobori (wind streamers shaped … Continue reading

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A Good Vacation

Hello, Recently, I took a couple days off from work and just stayed at home. Unlike countries like Japan or the UK and Ireland, there aren’t many public holidays in the US and no bank-holidays. Instead, people usually get a … Continue reading

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Tulip Time in Seattle!

Every year, my wife and I go to the Tulip Festival at Mount Vernon, WA, which is a famous festival near Seattle. This year was the first for Little Guy. We always visit Tulip Town farm when we go. The … Continue reading

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Lego Refugees

Something fun for Sunday, my daughter made this with Legos: She said it was a 避難場所 or hinanbasho which means a refugee-center.1 She said all the trees were falling down, so they had to stay in there to be safe. … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget White Day

Today is White Day in Japan and Korea as well as China/Taiwan. Well, it was yesterday (time zone difference), but anyway March 14th is White Day. Men receive chocolates from girls on Valentine’s day, and today is the day where … Continue reading

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A Face From the Past

This is a picture of my great-grandfather, Robert Washington McLean: He was a veteran of World War I, so this is a photo of him in uniform I think. I know very little about my great-grandfather though; he died when … Continue reading

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Happy Girls Day 2014

To all the little girls out there, and ladies who are still young at heart, Happy Girls’ Day: Girls’ Day is a fun day for our family (more detailed post last year), as we can celebrate Princess growing into a … Continue reading

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Tax Time Again

Hello, After the heavy (and hastily written) rant from Saturday, I felt like posting something more light-hearted. I finished doing my taxes earlier today and thought of this hilarious clip from the Simpsons. I was like Ned Flanders this year … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Growing Up Buddhist in America

My daughter, “Princess“, recently told me a sad story at her school that I wanted to share. Princess is 7 years old and is in the 1st grade. In her class, she sits at a large table with other kids, … Continue reading

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