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Well, here I am just back from our exploratory week in Japan with a nice month at Seabrook Island to recover from jet lag and enjoy the family :)
All in all, a glowing report. We found a beautiful little house right next to the Yokohama International School and were taken around to Tokyo furniture showrooms by our personal interior designer to order custom furnishings for every room. That was a surprise! So, I can tell you that we have a cozy guest room all set for you and extra futons for any children you choose to bring. Let the fun begin!
Our new hometown, Yokohama, is very friendly and easy to get around. It's Japan's 2nd largest city and a half hour train ride from Tokyo, but it feels like San Francisco to Tokyo's Manhattan in terms of green space and livability. That's it from the 69th floor of Landmark Tower, and yes, that's a ferris wheel and amusement park right smack downtown.
Any guesses what this Tokyo store sells? And for whom? Leave your guesses in the comments section and we'll see who gets it right first.
I know, it's silly that I can already tell what's going to be hardest to leave when I leave Japan in two years, but really...why don't we all have these toilets?? With heated seats and everything.
And here are the children full of dreams of samurai and japanese princesses. I think it's a good thing that they didn't have a moment of missing us during their whirlwind week with grandma and grandpa. They're definitely ready for big adventures!
Of course, there's much more to tell. And much more I'll share over the next 2 years. The food...oh my, the food. Sushi, tempura, udon, ramen, donburi, dumplings...low end and high end were all perfect. The little open air dumpling shack in a Tokyo back alley was a highlight, as was the 7:30 am sushi feast at Tsukiji fish market.
But for now, we'll heed the call of sand and sun and enjoy the here and now with family and friends.