Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving in Karuizawa

Thanksgiving and time to get out of Tokyo. According to Offspring #1, snowboarding season started on November 15th- we were late for the slopes. Nagano, home to the Winter Olympics, is a short 2 hour bullet train ride away. Preparations … Continue reading

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There’s No Japanese Food in Japan….

It’s true- Teriyaki, Benihana “Hibachi style,” stuffed sushi rolls- all of these traditional Japanese staples are non-existent in Japan. For the Clampett family, this emerges as a blessing since Teriyaki’s sweet, glutinous topping overpowers the flavor of any substance applied … Continue reading

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I Need a Lift

A Facelift. The Japanese are a non-aging race. Diligent about protecting skin, combined with good genes, healthy diet, exercise and some non-surgical interventions recently discovered at my favorite Japanese super sized version of Target – “Tokyo Hands” I am convinced … Continue reading

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A Fish Tale- At Tsukiji Fish Market

Let’s face it- field trips bore the scales off many a school of fish- chaperones included. However, desperate to invade the privacy of Offspring #1, I happily volunteered to lead a grumpy group of uninterested middle schoolers through the Tsukiji … Continue reading

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Spouse Isn’t Fitting In…..

Literally. The average height for a Japanese male is 5’5″ feet while the women are a diminutive 5′- maybe 5’3″ if one considers the spikes permanently affixed to the feet. Spouse towers above the crowd at 6’4″. Spouse’s superior stature … Continue reading

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

I’m a check writer- not a deed doer. I prefer not to see the faces of those in need of any services requiring intervention from an outside agency. Overwhelmed with the momentous enterprise necessary to hoist these now named individuals … Continue reading

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Why is No Body Crying?

Every day I walk by a park filled with children. I’d never really taken noticed it; It’s hidden with trees, my offspring have outgrown park activities, and it’s eerily quiet. This is the activity that caught my undivided attention as … Continue reading

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Culture Day in Pictures and Video

Meiji Shrine all Dressed Up for Culture Day Offerings of fruit and wheat for the gods. Would of made a really good salad.                         Gifts of natural items to … Continue reading

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