Hey – against my better judgement, I’m blogging about our move to Japan. If you’re here, you’re most likely a family member or friend that is interested in our unique view of the world and understand it’s somewhat skewed toward abnormal. I’ll do my best to protect the identities of those individuals described within by assigning them code names which I think characterize their role in this comedic portion of our lives. Thus far it has been more comedy than drama. Although I could rant, I don’t find that particularly entertaining to write and even less to read so you won’t find that here. Please feel free to comment. Peace to you all.

Thanks to WordPress for highlighting the Blog on “Freshly Pressed” although the feelings of the Japanese on this new-found attention remain to be seen….

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  1. Tori Nelson says:

    So glad you commented on my site…. so I could find THIS awesome blog! From my couch in Tennessee, your adventures in Japan are thrilling!


  2. Olga SE says:

    Hello! I found you through Kristen Lamb’s Blog and it makes me feel happy. I’m very much interested in Japan, so if you don’t mind, I’ll include you on my blogroll and return to read. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  4. Kelly Murphy says:

    Just found your blog on WordPress, while updating my own blog, on my couch in Memphis, TN . Our prayers and thoughts are with you over there! I am new to your site, and wondering what motivated you to move to Japan.


  5. jessicaber says:

    I am glad that you were chosen to be Freshly Pressed. I am so sad for you guys. My family (we live in Montpelier, Vermont) and we think about you every day. How is it that you are okay? I do not think that the news coverage is that great. A lot of sensationalism and not enough detail. Japan is a pretty small island, right?


  6. jollof says:

    Congrats on getting Freshly pressed…though, I feel you’re probably more interested in getting back to some level of normality. The coverage back here in Nigeria on cable TV (Sky News to be exact) is like something straight out of a Hollywood movie trailer. Every 10minutes there is a 1-minute commercial tagged ‘Japan Tsunami’ and includes pictures of fires, floods, buildings shaking, people running from falling debris, and a colossal tidal wave racing across the coastline….I’m terrified everytime I watch it. Please continue to give us an insight into your experiences and my prayers go out to you, your family and all residents of Japan. God bless…


  7. jessicaber says:

    Jollof that is exactly what I have been seeing on my lap top. That is why I am so happy about amberangel’s survival story.


  8. jessicaber says:

    What is the picture on your title page of your website? Did you post that before the earthquake.


  9. jessicaber says:

    I hope so. Please let us know how things are improving. I would love to hear the details in that way.


  10. jessicaber says:

    maybe I can visit one someday


  11. widya says:

    Hi! I am from Indonesia, found your blog by accident (yeah!), and loving every words in it. I always have this interest for Japan, and I find your account on life in Japan as an alien (Gai-jin, right?!) is very amusing. Looking forward to your post in the near future (even the big quake could ‘t shake the internet connection haha!).


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  13. jessicaber says:

    Do they have bentos in Japan or China? Fast food boxes right? I heard about them on The Disney channel. They usually have gomer-eye in them or something like that? Spinach with sesame seeds as a side.


  14. Interesting to read a blog about life in Japan from a perspective quite a bit different from mine. I hope you’re enjoying life in Tokyo!


  15. totsymae1011 says:

    As someone looking to teach overseas, I’m glad I came across your blog. I’m not sure where I’ll end up exactly but hopefully I will in the next couple of months. Still getting everything pepped on this end right now. I think I see that you lived in Atlanta. Small world.


    • amblerangel says:

      It is such a great experience- living overseas- it really forces one to view your native culture and country in a new light- which is not a bad thing. We’ve had such a great time learning about the Japanese and traveling around the country. Good luck- it will be a wonderful experience! Thanks for stopping in!


  16. chichi says:

    really interesting post. nice to stumble upon people who share the same passion of blogging about their new experiences in a foreign land. keep up the good work!


  17. Japan is a culture I know not tons about, as my travels and living abroad experiences have taken place mainly in Europe. look forward to following along…and learning something along the way!


  18. Well done! My husband and I are on our own little adventure here in Korea… teaching little munchkins whatever we can explain about how to speak English. Even our seven year olds are sickeningly smart–heres a presentation imagining our what our breakup and intervention would look like? http://everythingbutkimchi.wordpress.com/ Thanks for the great read!


  19. cocomino says:

    Nice to meet you. Your blog is very interesting to me. I’m looking forward to reading your posts.
    I’m Japanese and I live in Kawagoe in Saitama prefecture. The town has old traditional architecture.


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  22. Michi says:

    Just tagged you in a “getting to know you” blogger series, should you choose to participate. Happy weekend! I hope you’re trying out some strange fruits today! ๐Ÿ™‚


  23. Hiya – Kathryn from ‘reinventing’ sent me over to check out your expat blog. Looking forward to finding out more about your life in Tokyo!


  24. I absolutely love your blog! It’s so entertaining going through your Cultural lessons learned tab.. I can’t wait to move onto my next adventure now. Loving your glass-half-full approach!


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  28. lostnchina says:

    Hi Emily, Thanks for stopping by my site. Looks like you’re set up for your own bicultural adventures in Japan. Hope you’re enjoying your time there. I’m sure you’re learning lots about Japan and about your own country!


  29. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.


  30. hafong says:

    I will be interested to learn about your adventures in Japan. I am a Chinese Canadian living in Canada and have Japanese friends in Japan.


  31. m. eelio says:

    Why did you decide to move there, work? Adventure?


  32. Great stuff…. Absolutely love the photographs as well… Keep them coming!


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  34. kaikaisensei says:

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I hope you keep on writing XD


  35. Lemonade44th says:

    Nice read ๐Ÿ™‚
    Curious on how you manage the culture shocks. I just started my blog, but Japan is absolutely my next destination! And you just convinced me on that ๐Ÿ˜€


    • Hmmm- the key thing to me with Culture Shock is to understand that you will have it, it comes in stages, and it goes away with time. I also think it sometimes comes back in short bursts. But I always tell myself- home is a pain in the a… too sometimes!


  36. I’m based in Japan and I’m looking forward to reading your past posts ๐Ÿ™‚


  37. Just somehow I found my way in here…and I am so glad I did (: Nice blog..


  38. ideafill.me says:

    Dear Emily,
    I nominated your blog for the Miracle Blogger Award! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Happy Friendship Day! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  39. skolender says:

    Congratulations, Emily!
    I have nominated your blog for the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.
    More on this nomination is at


  40. Clearly I’m three years behind in discovering your blog! Really enjoying the posts I’ve stumbled through so far… sounds like you have been on quite the adventure madame master mover! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say ๐Ÿ™‚

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

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  42. frejatravels says:

    Hi, I am not your family member but I probably will be your new friends. I was looking for a Japan photos and your blog looks nice. I just follow. cheers.


  43. Al says:

    Hi Emily. I happened to see your name on a comment on Susie Lindau’s blog. Is Cannell your maiden or married name? Our daughter and granddaughters are Cannells through marriage. Do you or your husband have Northern California roots, by chance? That’s where our son-in-law is from. Have a great day.

    P.S. Enjoyed reading about your move to Japan. Quite the culture shock I’m sure!


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