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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Visiting Our Koseki Location

Long overdue post – Inspired by my little brother finding our heartlock on top of Umeda Sky Building.

Date of our marriage

When we got married in Osaka on the 21st of December 2009 (yep the date on the lock pictured above) it was all a big secret from Yasu’s family. My family knew it was happening, and they were excited, but they were far away in the Netherlands. Two of my coworkers previously signed the witness boxes on the marriage papers, so on the actual day it was just the two of us filling out papers at an Osaka City Office. Of course, it was still a special day. It’s the day we officially became husband and wife.

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Wedding photo booth madness

One of the drawbacks of living abroad is missing big family events back in my home country. Today my cousin Marjolein got married to her Danny. I was sad to have to miss it and I’m anxious to see their wedding photos. I heard the ceremony was beautiful.
At the wedding party they had a photo booth for guests and I’ve really been enjoying seeing those photos pop up on facebook. My favorites are the ones with my crazy little brothers and their pretty ladies. The group of shots on the right has my cousin’s new husband joining in on the fun as well.

A special pillow

In Japan they have the yes-no pillow. On one side of the pillow it says “yes” on the other side it says “no”. Ladies can use it to show their men whether they’re in the mood or not. Before bed, he checks which side she has put up for the night and he knows what to expect.

As a wedding gift for our manager my coworkers suggested I make a very special yes-no pillow for her. One that fits her unique personality better than a conventional yes-no pillow. This is the “yes” side:

This is the “no” side, or rather the “no hell yes!” side:

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to her wedding because it was on my last day in Japan and I was a little busy. But I hope my pillow was featured during her wedding night…

Mrs. Chantal

She did it! She got married! Congratulations Chan :). Enjoy the honeymoon.

My mom took a few quick pictures for me to get an idea of her big event. As you can see, I was present through my wedding monkeys and Chantal looked beautiful in her dress. Can’t wait to see more pictures.

Congratulations, Chantal & Henk!

Chantal is my mother’s younger sister and I’ve gotten used to thinking of her as my hip single aunt. She’s only twelve years older than me, and I’ve never even called her ‘aunt’, just Chantal. A couple of years ago she hooked up with Henk and they’ve been inseparable ever since. And after today she’ll no longer be single, because she’s marrying her hunk Henk today!

Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the wedding, because I won’t be home until next month. Which is a shame because I’d love to see Chantal get married in her cream colored dress, but I’ll just have to see it on video. To celebrate her special day, I’ve made some wedding monkeys, because Chantal’s Chinese zodiac is monkey, just like mine. I hope the bride and groom have a wonderful wedding and make today one of the most precious memories they’ll have.

Keiko and Tomomi the winking love birds

Giving presents is fun. Giving presents that I made myself is even more fun! During the last days of my winter vacation back in Japan I was sewing a couple of winking love birds for two very special ladies (they signed as witnesses on our marriage papers).
I’m happy to report that both Keiko and Tomomi loved their little felt friends! I heard them say ‘kawaii’ (cute in Japanese) over and over and that’s always a good sign.