Category Archives: separation anxiety

End of an Era: Goodbye, Nursery School


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

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Usagi and the Bear


Since my daughter was a baby, she’s been obsessed with rabbits (usagi, in Japanese). We first had a stuffed sheep doll for her, but she quickly became enamoured of a musical pink bunny whose cord she could pull to start … Continue reading

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Home for the holidays


For New Years, my wife and I brought our baby back to her hometown, a small city in southern Japan. My daughter was born in a small hospital there, while I stayed elsewhere and continued to work. Even then I … Continue reading

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