Japanesies in Derby

Waiting for the bus

Just like last summer, Opa, Oma, and great-aunt Akiko visited us from Japan this summer. This was the third time they all got to see Babel in real life. Of course, we FaceTime a lot with Japan, but nothing beats real life contact. Our little Babel is super social so he loved all the extra people and all the extra attention.

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Babel Weekly – 46

46 Weeks Old

Your 46th week of life has not been your best. We’re still in Japan and we had big plans for this week, but you’ve been ill and unhappy for most of it so things went differently. Not just you have been ill, Mama and Papa as well. Just like your first trip to the Netherlands, when we all got ill and plans got canceled left and right. We’ve been taking it as easy as possible, you and I are finally doing better but we’re still hoping for Papa to make a recovery. We hope to have a bit more fun during our last few days in Japan.

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My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy

My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I'm Crazy

Of course, I am not the only Westerling married to a Japanese man. Actually when I recently started blogging again I discovered the AMWF (Asian Male White Female) and AFWM (Asian Female White Male) blogging communities. People tag their blogs with these labels so that others interested in the topic can easily find them. I guess we fall in the AMWF category, even though technically by blood I am half White, half Asian. Still, I was born and raised in the Netherlands and identify myself as a true Dutchie, therefore AMWF seems appropriate to me and helps people find us on WordPress.

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Djamo in Japan a.k.a. Djapan


A few days ago my little brother got on a plane and flew to Japan! He’s working on a Bachelor’s degree in Education in Belgium, and has just started a 3-month international internship at my friends’ English Conversation school in Osaka. He’s never been to Japan before, unfortunately he never got to visit me when I lived there, like the other Dutchies. I would have loved to show him around Osaka and the Kansai area myself. I actually took these two weeks off from work, in hopes of going to Japan to visit him. But I got a little (a lot) pregnant in the meantime, so I am enjoying his time in Japan from a distance. I have nothing to worry about though, my friend is taking great care of my little brother and she’s even arranged a fabulous host family for him to stay at during his time in Osaka.

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Wedding Bells after 4.5 Years of Marriage

Today is our fifth wedding anniversary! These years flew by and I have no regrets at all. My husband is my most favorite human being in the world; he’s my best friend, my life support, my partner in crime, father of the baby in my belly, and the love of my life.

Marrying him was the best decision I ever made. Yet our special day wasn’t exactly what I had dreamed of as a little girl. We had to get married in secret. We got married in Osaka, yet the only people in Japan who knew that was happening were my coworkers, two of them signed on our marriage papers as witnesses. The day of our commitment it was just the two of us.

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Japan’s Delicious Sticks

Colorful and cute packaging

Umaibo is what’s hidden Inside these colorful packages with a cat character named Umaemon. These ‘delicious sticks’ are cylindrical puffed corn snacks and come in many flavors. Yasu absolutely loves these, they are cheap and tasty. He has fond childhood memories of his granddad giving him a few yen every day after school and going to the local konbini (convenience store) and spending it on Umaibo.

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