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One thing I have struggled with while uncovering my family’s complicated past is the lack of consistency in naming conventions before the digital age. In the Information Age, if you type in your name or ID with a single letter missing or out of place, your application gets rejected by whatever online program it is […]
It has been said that men write history but women live it. In my family, it’s also been the women who were the keepers of family history, the tellers of tales and stories. The saver of old photographs and documents. Which is why I have this photograph of four generations of women who brought four […]
Since I wrote about an ancestor on my father’s side (one of his side’s anyway) from the 1920s, I thought the next story to introduce should be from someone on my mother’s side, from roughly the same time period. But one generation later. And with a theme of religious intolerance. And possibly related to 19th […]
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Category Archives: day care
And so it begins. The end of the start of the rest of my children’s childhood. By which I mean our youngest daughter graduated from nursery school / kindergarten. Thinking back, we’ve been coming to our local nursery school every … Continue reading
After turning five in January, our youngest daughter finally made to the end of nursery school (“nen-cho,” 年長). Or so we thought. We had heard rumors in previous years that the system might change. It turns out that in this … Continue reading
As I posted some time ago, we were fortunate that my oldest daughter was able to enter a city-approved nursery school. We were even more fortunate to have first choice on a new housing plot that wasn’t even technically on … Continue reading
Starting April 1st this year (the beginning of the school year in Japan), I went back to work and my daughter started her first year at a nearby private nursery school. Even prior to the official first day, we attended … Continue reading
I go back to work tomorrow on April 1st. My year-long paternity leave is over. No April Fools.
My wife and I found out, by regular postal mail on January 17th, that our daughter was accepted into a local city-approved nursery school. She’ll start attending with a group of other 2-year-olds in April (the school year always begins … Continue reading