April 20, 2015

I got my Japanese Registration Card yesterday! That means that I am legally here in Japan. It also means that I can buy a phone and have a Japan phone number~


On an iPhone 6+, of course:


My next step is getting a hanko. What is a hanko, you ask?


A hanko is what they use for official signatures. They...

April 20, 2015


When I look at the way trash is done here, I always think of this wonderful kid named Justin Valdez. Justin went on the Garden Grove Sister City trip to Anyang, Korea when I chaperoned in 2012. 


He was all about recycling. He was, after much effort and convincing, able to get his high school...

April 14, 2015

I'm not sure how many parts there will be since, I think I will always find differences between Hiroshima and Orange County. But, this will begin the series. 


Baseball! 野球 (Yakyou)

 Tomo took me to my first Carps game. Baseball here is done a bit differently than Anaheim stadium. For one, on a weeknig...

April 10, 2015

We finally got to enjoy the night time serenity on our balcony. This area quiets down nicely at night. All we heard was the slight rain. It rains a lot more here than in Southern California. No drought here...


And our view is awesome! We are sitting next to one of the rivers that leads out to the oce...

April 5, 2015

I have arrived safely in Japan. We are almost settled in to our wonderful condo. Her family decided to celebrate my moving to Japan by staying at a ryokan in Iwakuni next to Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni.



 We arrive just in time to see the cherry blossoms before a big rains came in. The cherry blossoms a...

April 1, 2015


The song lyrics themsleves dont' really qualify what I'm doing, but everyone knows thow the chorus. "I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again..."


Well, I kind of do. June 2016 is the plan. Until then, I will be udating this blog to give my perceptions of Japanese life as compar...

March 24, 2015

All of my life is now reduced to three suitcases and and two storage bins. Next week, I leave for Hiroshima, Japan to be with my amazingly wonderful, smart, fun, talented, wife. How did this come to be? I think that's a question that will need to be answered in time.


It took me a long time to come to...

November 3, 2014

The reception was held three days later in Hiroshima at the Mitsui Garden Hotel. It was done in a more western way with my beautiful wife in a western style wedding dress. Tomo put together all the specifics of this event. The food was fantastic, and yes, I did eat. The sake was flowing, and yes, I d...

October 31, 2014

I think this video will show the best way to get a feeling of the traditional Japanese wedding located at a Shinto shrine


The shrine is called Itsukushima and it is located on Miyajima Island a 15 minute ferry ride off the coast of the southern Hiroshima area.


Tomo took my sister and I here in Miya...

April 10, 2014

My beautiful wife is someone that will have fun in life. We have fun together. She's willing to dress up and be silly or really dress up for a night at the Emmy Awards. 







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