Family Road-Trippin’ Through the Highlights of Japan

It feels like just yesterday we were planning and mapping our route, anticipating the arrival of Al (Kaya’s dad), Jacob (Kaya’s brother) and Stephen (Jon’s brother) to Japan. We wanted their experience to be one to remember, one of new discoveries, challenges and possibly spark of new interests. We hoped that within the short time…

Local Gaijin Pretending to be Foreigners

First sakura blossoms of the season! This past weekend, we had a last-minute visit from mama Susan on her way to Tokyo and got the opportunity to participate in a guided trial-tour for foreigners living in Miyazaki. The tour’s purpose was to gain insight into what foreigners like and dislike about sights and destinations in…

Japanese Valentine’s Day and Goofy Zumba

From pizza to Disneyland, Japan puts their own flavor on everything. If Japan adopts something from another culture, they make it all their own, adding new twists and only things that the Japanese could understand. Sometimes it ends up being even better than the original. As a foreigner, it makes everything that much more entertaining. Take Valentine’s…

Quirky Japan in Everyday Life

It’s always the little things. Here in Japan, the quirks are what make this culture so unique. As a foreign resident, they can cause lots of laughs, confusion and sometimes embarrassment but these quirks make daily life just a little bit more entertaining. As soon as you think you’ve started to understand the Japanese culture,…

Kyushu Article Contest Submission

We recently had the opportunity to visit Kurokawa Onsen Village, one of Kyushu’s gems beaming with an abundance of culture. With two other couples, we explored the wealth of Japan’s bath houses, unique foods and thrifty hostel bunk beds. While at the hostel, Kaya spotted a flier advertising the Kyushu Article Contest. After our wonderful…

I Turned Miso Soup Into Hummus and You Should Too

As much as I love Japanese cuisine, lets get real; there are many things that I miss. Hummus, which was a staple to our diet in the States, is impossible to find here in Japan. Thankfully, it is super easy to make. But, garbanzo beans (AKA chickpeas) are hard to find here at a decent…

12 Delicious Reasons to Move to Japan

Japanese food is crazy good. And here in Miyazaki, famous for its progressive culinary scene, we eat like kings and queens. We have had the pleasure of enjoying the local flavors along with some good ol’ traditional dishes. This is also why we have joined the local gym… (eeek)! Here is a list of our…

Why You Should Eat Like a Japanese Person and How It Has Helped Me

Photo courtesy of  topwalls.net Okay, so I love food. I believe that food is not only a means of survival, taste or nourishment, but it is actually one of the best ways (if not best) to learn about a culture or person. While studying at UO, travelling and now living in Japan, I have discovered…

Real Talk, Blessings & Prayer Requests

Hey everybody! We’ve been trying to keep all of our family and friends updated on our lives in Japan by sharing some of the highlights of what we’ve been eating, doing, and experiencing over here through our blog and social media. But we want to share more of not only what we’re doing, but also…

Moore "Kaijin"

After travelling to the land of kimchi, K-Pop, street food and selfie-sticks, we have made our way back to our home in Japan. South Korea had been on our travel wishlist for various reasons. One, the country is home to some of the kindest people we have ever met. Two, we love Bibimbap. Three, it…