Big Sale on TP!

Mar 13th, 2003 Family & Friends, Travel Douglas 1 min read

There’s something about a sale that seems to cause the women of the house to get excited. Today you could feel the energy from the moment the morning newspaper arrived until Okaasan finally dragged us all to the supermarket. Toilet paper was on sale. An unbeatable price but with a limit of three per customer. So everyone in the family lined up, each with their…

Daddy Taxi

Nov 26th, 2002 Family & Friends, Travel Douglas 1 min read

In America, I was respected. I helped lead a successful software company, played in bands and even hung out with the occasional celebrity. If what you drive is any indication of your status, oh how the mighty have fallen! It wouldn’t be so bad if it was only a bike but nothing says “not cool” like a sissy bar, bell, and basket. And apparently, Yumi…

Mr. DIY

Sep 26th, 2002 Family & Friends, Travel Douglas 1 min read

Since retiring, Otousan likes to keep busy around the house “fixing” things. He’s proud of his work and doesn’t hide it – literally. When he heard that we were coming to stay with them in Japan, he got busy and by the time we arrived, wires seemed to be coming out of everywhere, the walls, ceiling, floor… Now whenever we run the toaster oven, every…

Naked Gaijin in Nagasaki

Sep 18th, 1999 Family & Friends, Travel Douglas 1 min read

It’s not often that I find myself naked in public. In fact, come to think of it I NEVER find myself naked in public. And yet, that’s exactly what happened. Perhaps Yumi’s been in America too long but we were both uncomfortable with the idea of a public bath when her parents suggested it. Our little “mixed” family gets enough attention without running around in…

Okaasan Abusing the Passenger

Sep 15th, 1999 Family & Friends, Travel Douglas 1 min read

The ride on the Shinkansen to Nagasaki was quite an experience… especially for one passenger in particular. Okaasan thought that we should turn our seats to face one another. So she flipped the lever and attempted to turn the row of seats 180 degrees, not realizing that the man in the next row was reclining with his head clearly in its path. As the seats…

A Land with No Names

Sep 12th, 1999 Family & Friends, Travel Douglas 1 min read

It seems all the family has come to Hiroshima for Yumi’s grandma’s memorial service. Kogujin-no-ojichan is here (the one from Koji’s wedding who followed me around studying my every move). I call him this because he said he is dark like a kogujin from working all day in the sun. I’m still not used to the fact that no one here seems to have a…

We’re Moving to Japan… Bail out!

Jan 17th, 1999 Family & Friends, Work Douglas 1 min read

Usually, people give 2 weeks’ notice when they plan on quitting a job. Today I gave 6 months notice. I have a lot of responsibility at work and it will not be easy to find a replacement. So I wanted to be fair to the owners who I consider my friends. Yumi’s family is very excited. But it’s hard to know for sure about Okaasan….

Wedding and the White Guy

Oct 11th, 1997 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Today Yumi’s brother Koji and Seiko were married at the Hotel Osaka Grand. Though admittedly most of the attention was on the bride, I did stand out like a sore thumb being the only gaijin at the event (and the only white person some of the family had ever met in person I was told). Before the ceremony, I found myself in a hotel room…

Yumi’s Pregnant!

Oct 10th, 1997 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

When Yumi’s brother announced the date for his wedding we decided it would be a good time to visit Japan (my first time). We had another reason. Recently we had found out Yumi was pregnant. Only my family and her mom knew. We decided to keep it a secret until after Koji’s wedding so it wouldn’t be a distraction for his big day. But tonight…

Koshiro & Kazu Visit

Mar 22nd, 1997 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Yumi’s cousin Koshiro and his friend Katsu are staying with us now. They’ve had a good time meeting family and experience the sights and sounds of Los Angeles. The interesting thing for me was at dinner watching them pour each other drinks. Having never seen a guy pour another guy a beer – unless he was the waiter – it stood out as an interesting…