Here upon the Pale Blue Dot dwells a man who spends his days obsessing over things like KPop/JPop music,1 foreign languages (particularly Japanese and Korean), Buddhism, Star Trek and books by Roger Zelazny. He is blessed by a wife and children that he loves dearly and who tolerate his odd habits.
My second child was born in October 2013 and we call him “Little Guy”. As a tiny baby, he didn’t do much besides sleeping, farting and drinking milk, but now he is 2 years as of writing and loves Buzz Lightyear, Soccer, and being the center of attention.
Having two kids is challenging but quite rewarding too. It’s wonderful to see little brother and older sister play, interact and such.
Our first daughter, “Princess” (previously called “Baby” when she was younger) was born in late 2006, before I started blogging. She was my inspiration for taking Buddhist practice more seriously so I could be a better father.
Parenting includes lots of screaming, crying and diaper changes, and Princess certainly did all these things. But we got to watch her grow into a sweet little girl who loved Princesses, Anpanman, and Daddy. Now that’s she’s 9 years old, she has really blossomed into a nerdy young lady who loves art, Star Wars and her daddy.
My wife and I have known each other since 1998, and we’ve been married since 2004. Time has passed really fast though and we’ve had a lot of fun together. She’s down-to-earth and I am a nerd, so we compliment one another.
Because she is from Japan, and I am American, we have learned a lot from each other over the years. She taught me a lot about Japanese culture, Buddhism and general common-sense things that Westerners like me would usually never learn through books and such. International marriages can be challenging, but if you really take the time to listen to and understand your partner, it really is a rewarding relationship.
I often joke that she is my “bodhisattva” because she teaches a lot of helpful tips on life and religion. I’ve posted a few of them here:
Anyhow enjoy the blog!