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Daddy-daughter vacation (kind of)


Friday, my two daughters (aged 7 and 4) and I set off on a four-hour bullet train (Shinkansen) ride without my wife. She did see us off at the Shin-Osaka bullet train station, but since she had a week-long business … Continue reading

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Come out, damned spot!


One aspect of bathrooms in Japan that surprised me at first was the water everywhere around the sink. I mean, everywhere. Not having a habit of waiting for people to wash their hands in public lavatories, I found it a … Continue reading

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Taking Leave: 2015 in review


Taking Leave: 2015 in Review! Continue reading

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Nursery Schools: Part II (Finally)


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

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Paternity Leave: A few thoughts after the fact


I haven’t written on this blog in two years for a very good reason: I didn’t take a child care leave for my second child. From April 2010 to March 2011 I took a one year of child care leave … Continue reading

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Year Two: Nursery School


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

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Don’t panic: Japan is not sinking


My last post, about something now that seems totally innocuous, was on Friday, March 11th, at 10 or 11 in the morning. Japan time. We all know what happened just a few hours later.

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