Apology Bread

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler In addition to dealing with a 16-hour time change, 3 molars are cutting their bloody way through Connor’s gums. This made for a rough night. We warned our homestay host and fellow couchsurfers, and apologized in advance in case Connor had some middle-of-the-night wakeups. He did better than we … Read more

Dad, Let’s Help Tokyo Wake Up

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler Sunrise in Noborito’s Neighborhoods “Dad, I want to go exploring,” Connor said. At least, that’s what Connor would have said if he could speak like that yet. The meaning was clear enough though. After a good night’s sleep till 4:30 a.m., then an hour of tossing and turning while … Read more

Big in Japan: Meiji Temple

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler When getting ready for our trip, we put a big call-out to pretty much everyone we knew: any tips or contacts in Japan that you could share with us? Our friend Pam came through big when she introduced us to her friend Kiyomi, who lived just outside Tokyo. They … Read more

First Morning in Tokyo

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler Our first morning in Tokyo dawned bright, warm and lovely. Last night’s wind and rain were a memory, a story to tell when we got home. We chatted briefly with our host, a young Japanese man who works both in business consulting and as a musician. We also chatted … Read more

Cafe Rainier

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler We hunted out breakfast this morning in a wee 7-11-type convenience store near where we are staying. (More on that later.) But I just loved that even though we are on the other side of the Pacific, “The Mountain of Seattle” is appreciated in coffee form. Haven’t tried Caffe … Read more

Oregon to Japan 3: The Midnight Savior

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler As the clock neared midnight, we wandered through Noborito Station, trying to figure out the last, shortest and yet most difficult leg of our journey. It’s one thing to take the wrong train, but covered platforms still protect you from the elements. Now we would be leaving the safety … Read more

Oregon to Japan 2: Wrong Train at Shinjuku

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler Thirteen and a half hours after taking off from Los Angeles, our plane gently touched down in Tokyo. Jodie and I looked at each other, tired but excited. This trip is our first time in Japan and my first time in Asia since 2004. Not only is it Jodie’s … Read more

Oregon to Japan 1: Delays

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler When the wind on the other side of the ocean is strong enough to delay your flight thousands of miles away, you know your trip is off to an interesting start. Yet even as we made our way from Portland to Los Angeles, little did we know what twists … Read more