From Fukui, with Love

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It’s no longer possible for Mary to hide that she’s pregnant.  The warmer weather mixed with the growing “baby bump” (what a strange name…) makes for lots of questions.  Here are some answers to the most popular ones that we get while we’re out and about: Q: Are you…?  Baby? [tries to make strange hand motions because “pregnant” isn’t in most Japanese people’s English vocabulary] A: Yes.  She is baby. Q: Are you going to have the baby in Japan?  Where will you give birth? A: Yes, and…good question (we…read more

Big “B”, little “b”, what begins with “B”?

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This is not a post about the little “b”.  It’s about the BIG “B”: THE BUNNY! When we came to Japan a little over a year ago, the Bunny was just 20 months. She was our sweet baby girl, but babies don’t stay babies for long. Our baby girl has turned into a fun loving, curious, and affectionate big girl. The Bunny celebrated her third birthday in December while we visiting with family in Canada.  According to her most recent health check, she is now 99.4cm tall and weighs 16.5kg!…read more

Yes, we are having a baby. Yes, we are having a baby in Japan.

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Our family of 3 is about to become a family of 4. We are very excited to announce that we have a little one on the way! Our second child will be born in the blazing heat of Fukui’s summer. I have decided to renew my contract and stay in Japan a third year, so this child will be born in Japan. There is no doubt that having a baby in a foreign country will be full of all kinds of new and exciting adventures. You can look forward to…read more

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How we spoiled all future Canada Days in Mikuni

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Last Saturday we did what everyone in Fukui and surrounding prefectures did. We were among the hordes of people who travelled to Mikuni to take part in the fireworks festival. About 100,000 people gathered on the shore of the Sea of Japan in the small city of Mikuni. Mikuni’s fireworks festival is said to have the best fireworks display in the entire Hokuriku region. We arrived in Mikuni at around 3:30PM. The fireworks were set to start at 7:30PM and last one hour, but because of the popularity of this…read more

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Japan does “cute” very well

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Two weeks ago I embarked upon my first ever trip to Disneyland: Tokyo Disneyland. My gracious husband stayed home and looked after the Bunny so I could enjoy a girls’ day out with two fantastic women, Mauricia and Michiko. Fukui isn’t so close to Tokyo. In order to keep the cost of the trip down, it required a night bus. That’s right. I thought it was a good idea to spend the night on the bus, followed by a full day at Disneyland, and then another night on the bus…read more

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Things that are not in Japan

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I was asked a while back to make a list of goods that we miss from Canada, so when anyone gets the urge to send us a care package they will know exactly what to send. So here it goes… ***Send us letters and pictures (you don’t need to ship a whole package to make us feel special), but for those of you who want to send lots, this list is for you. 1. Peanut butter (brand = Skippy chunky) 2. Nutella 3. Cheerios (my favorite for the Bunny are…read more

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We have friends everywhere

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I will let you in on a funny story. When Mike and I came to Japan back in August 2011, we really believed that we won’t have any friends here. We imagined ourselves going to a foreign country, where we would be the only native English speakers. Fukui-shi really isn’t a big city. Because of the language barrier and cultural differences, we didn’t expect to make many close Japanese friends either. We left all of our multi-player board games back in Canada (except for Agricola which has a 2 player…read more

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Anpanman Fever

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It’s not Pooh, Dora, or even Ernie, no it’s Anpanman. Anpanman may be Bunny’s favourite word as of late. Back in Canada we tried to discourage Bunny from getting attached to any current children’s TV shows in fear of the ever apparent product marketing directed towards children. The Bunny watched older classic shows like Inspector Gadget and Seasame Street. When we went shopping we didn’t have to fear the Bunny wanting everything in the store that had Pooh bear’s face on it. At least not until now. Before coming to…read more

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We are not alone

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Mike is in Canada as I type and bunny and I are here in Fukui. He had to fly back to Toronto for his interview with JET (http://jetprogramme.ca/). It has been a short but busy trip for him, so if he didn’t get a chance to see you it is not because he didn’t want to. As for me and bunny, it has been a long week without Mike. We miss him so much, but we are not alone. We have been blessed with a great church here in Fukui….read more

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50 things that we like about living in Fukui

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In almost 6 months of living abroad, we have decided that we like living in Fukui. Earlier today our dear friend Corrie asked us what why we like living here. I started to tell her but I was quickly cut off by a screaming bunny. This is the end of our conversation, or, 50 things that we like about living in Fukui: 1. Fukui is close to 3 major cities and cultural centres. Osaka and Kyoto are 2 hours away by train. Kanazawa is closer…but smaller and apparently underrated. 2….read more

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