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Climbing Mount Fuji in August, My Story and Tips

| August 5, 2014 | 3 Comments

I’ve climbed Mount Fuji four times using three different routes, and I look forward to climbing again with my daughters.

Learning Japanese for Real Communication and Conversation

| August 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve been learning Japanese for years, and I know what works for me and what doesn’t. I want to learn

Get a Driver’s License in Japan, How to Pass the Driving Test

| August 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Getting your Japanese driver’s license can be intimidating, especially when you hear stories about people failing their driving tests multiple

Giving Birth, Having a Baby in Japan

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

What do you imagine when you think about childbirth in Japan?  Many of our impressions were wrong. For some reason,

Bob Sapp at Meiji Jingu on Seijin No Hi

| January 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Today was Seijin No Hi (Coming of Age Day). I headed to Meiji Jingu to take some photos. On Seijin

Twins portrait for Shichigosan

| November 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

Shichigosan (7-5-3) refers to certain ages when you stop and celebrate children. When girls turn 3 and 7, they dress

Japanese dancers at a matsuri in Tokyo, traditional meets modern culture

| November 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

This was at a community matsuri a short walk from our home. My wife describes the dance as traditional movements

Shop on Takeshiti Dori in Harajuku

| October 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

After all these years in Japan, Harajuku is still my favorite place in Tokyo. I don’t often go to the


| October 12, 2009 | 0 Comments

A Japanese volunteer plays with a Cambodian girl as two other volunteers and a staff from the orphanage are watch.

Japanese boys racing at their school Sports Day

| October 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Our kids had their annual Sports Day at school last weekend. The running events are the highlights for many kids