Category Archives: Family

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 who died in 1980: 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 because he … 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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Blog Announcement

Hi all, Just wanted to give an update to readers. Since Little Guy was born, I’ve been very busy and also very sleepy. It’s hard to keep up things like language study, blogging, etc, and I am falling behind. I … Continue reading

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Adventures With Japanese Sticker Dolls

Here in Seattle, we have a Japanese bookstore called Kinokuniya, which is a popular bookstore in Japan, but there are only a few in the US. My family and I go there about once a month so we can buy … Continue reading

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Reading and Investing In Children

Recently, I started volunteering at my daughter’s school on Thursday mornings. There’s a 2nd-grade class which has a lot of kids who struggle to read, so I help them learn “sight words”. What are sight words? In English, there are … Continue reading

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