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Japan Trip 2013 vol. 1

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While I was in Japan I captured some special moments, unique things, and delicious foods.  In the next few posts, I’d like to share some of the pictures that highlight my trip home.

Japan Trip 2013 | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

You might wonder why I am sharing my Instagram pictures.  Well, that wasn’t my initial plan.  I (I meant, my husband) carried my camera to Japan with this cool camera & laptop backpack he bought just for this trip (so that my hands are free to deal with the kids).  I was planning on practice taking pictures, especially foods and scenery with the DSLR, away from the familiar photo shoot setup in my living room.

However, to be honest, it was really difficult for me to carry the heavy camera and the lenses around in that dreadful heat.  On top of that, we walk everywhere and travel with public transportation.  My two children felt very carefree being able to run around compared to our life in California where they are stuck in a car seat everywhere we go.

To make the story short, taking pictures with iPhone was most convenient, and there was either iPhone pictures or no pictures…  I received requests from non-Instagram users to share pictures, so I’m more than happy to share some of photos from my Japan trip.

So here we go!

Family

1) Here, my mom was teaching my daughter how to quilt (she’s a quilt teacher).  I don’t have patience to sew but my daughter amazed us with her patience and neat sewing skill!
2) My dad took us to Yakiniku (Japanese bbq) dinner that night.  My parents were so happy to spend the time with the kids.

Everyday I 1) Both kids went to school for about 10 days in Japan.  They enjoyed playing with new friends and I was surprised how easily they can adapt to a new environment.
2) We went to a swimming pool almost every single day.  They love swimming and it was a perfect activity on hot days.
3) Here my son was reading to his grandma and sister at the local library.
4) My home is not far from downtown Yokohama or Tokyo, but the neighborhood is surrounded by beautiful nature and greens which were preserved during city planning and development (not typical in Japan).
5) This 3-story log house in my neighborhood was my children’s favorite hangout place.  It’s basically a giant play house with nice wooden play structures including an underground tunnel.
6) After first two weeks of staying in Japan, kids started to complain they were tired of walking everywhere.  Then grandma bought each of them a pair of Heelys (shoes with wheels) but they still haven’t quite mastered it yet.
7) Watching Doraemon is a great way to learn Japanese!  Right?  I still enjoy watching it with the kids.
8) In my home we have one Japanese style room which floors are made of tatami mattress.  The kids loved the texture and smell and liked playing in this room.

Everyday II

We take trains to go places (1) and went to Zoorasia (Yokohama Zoo) (2 and 4), Children’s Land (3), Nogeyama Zoo (5).  It’s hard to explain how convenient it is in Japan to go to places without cars, and I thought the transit map below shows well how Tokyo/Yokohama transit (train & subway) looks like [click to enlarge].  Google maps is amazing in Japan for going from A to B.

Yokohama Tokyo Transit Map Everyday III 1) Yokohama’s symbol, Yokohama Landmark Tower.
2) One evening I saw gorgeous sunset from my house.  I had to go out and take this picture!
3) My kids LOVE Japanese hot springs (onsen).  We took a trip to Hakone for hot spring last year, but this year we didn’t have enough time so I took them to Super Sento (modern public bath facility).  The kids enjoy soaking in all different kinds of baths!
4) Due to city regulation on fireworks, my children never had a chance to play with fireworks before in the U.S.  For this trip, I really wanted them to experience (safely) playing with fireworks and they had a great time!

Space Saver Ideas

Japan is a small country, therefore there are lots of unique constructions built in a small area.  There is a parking structure without ramp (1 and 3) and two story bicycle parking lot (2).  And look, we found this very narrow office building (I think) in Osaka (4 and 5)!

Thank you for checking my pictures.  Stay tuned for vol. 2 of the Japan Trip 2013!  (You will never miss a post if you subscribe to Just One Cookbook. :) )

Continue reading on Japan Trip 2013 vol.2.

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  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant August 18, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Wonderful pictures, Nami! Thanks for sharing. I went to Japan when I was 3, but don’t remember it at all. I would love to go back. I hope you enjoyed all of the delicious food!

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  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} August 18, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Love that you did all the photos via the iphone. Sounds like it was a much easier way to go and still enjoy your trip! Love seeing Japan through your eyes and can’t wait to see the rest of your adventures!

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  • Kris iwasaki August 18, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Natsukashi! I love your recipes and you blog. Thanks!

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:02 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Kris! Thanks for following my blog! xo :)

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  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You August 18, 2013, 4:02 pm

    Very cool! I am glad that y’all had a great time and the kids enjoyed spending time in their other homeland with their grandparents. My family and I intend to go to Brazil next summer. My girls are already excited and anxious to see their Grandma.

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  • john@kitchenriffs August 18, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Unless I’m taking a trip specifically for photography, I’m so over lugging a DSLR and a bunch of lenses around. Camera phones have gotten a lot better, and for snapshots are totally fine, IMO. Anyway, great pictures! You sure look like you had a wonderful time. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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  • yummychunklet August 18, 2013, 5:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing your photos!

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  • Dumpling Love (@cscc28) August 18, 2013, 5:27 pm

    Love the commentary and the pictures, Nami! Thanks for sharing them with us…makes me want to go to Japan even more! haha.

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  • kwbentodiary August 18, 2013, 6:12 pm

    Wonderful and nice photos! Even is summer, my family had a great trips in Japan as well ^_^ Looking forward to your vol.2!!!

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  • Ash-foodfashionparty August 18, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Oh, how cute are they with your grandparents. So glad that kids get to spend time with their grandparents, it’s precious.
    I remember my boy with heely’s in India some 7 yrs ago, every body would stand and stare and he loved all the attention he was getting and didn’t mind falling like crazy a couple of times too:), nice memories.
    Thanks for sharing the pics and hey pictures in any form are very valuable.

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  • Nancy B August 18, 2013, 6:15 pm

    Thank you for the pictures of your trip to Japan. My son is in Okayama, and this made me feel a little closer to him! You have a lovely family!

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:04 pm

      Hi Nancy! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this post. Hope you can visit him soon. :) Thank you for your kind words!

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  • Sandy August 18, 2013, 6:41 pm

    In my country, we can’t get a chance to walk much like in Japan, everywhere you go is by car. When we were in Japan, my 8 y.o. son often asking why we have to walk so much everyday. Ha ha ha ha!

    He enjoyed very much to have ofuro with jiji everyday without fail, how about your children?

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:05 pm

      Hi Sandy! I know it is tougher when you have to walk in that hot summer heat. Before this trip, I knew they would complain about heat or walking, so I told them we can eat ice cream often in Japan because it’s hot. I think now they miss the ice cream weather considering it’s pretty cool here. :) And yes, my kids love ofuro! Even on hot days, they never skip taking a bath. :)

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  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen August 18, 2013, 6:50 pm

    What a fantastic trip to Japan you had. You just made me long for travelling again. I feel like packing my bags and leaving on a trip right now. I will bookmark this post for future reference when I go back to Asia. Your children are adorable (they remind me of my own when they were that age) and they are fortunate you keep bringing them back to renew their heritage every year. All the best to your family, Nami and thanks for sharing. Thank you, too for the nice blog visit :-)

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  • Leon Hayden Nagatomo August 18, 2013, 7:04 pm

    Hi Nami. Natsukashi! You just took me back 20+ years with your summer photos. My Japanese husband and I lived in an apartment right beside NogeYama with a unique access to the park from the top of our building. That outdoor pool nearby was an absolute life saver during the intense summer heat. We frequented the various Yakiniku diners at Kogane-Cho, and there was a little place somewhere just before the river at Sakuragicho. This place was tiny inside but had a round wooden tabletop placed over an old bicycle outside and served the most amazing eggplant dish I’ve ever had. Hope its still there!

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:08 pm

      Hi Leon! Nogeyama area has a beautiful view of Yokohama/Minato Mirai area (that’s’ how we call Sakuragi-cho area now). Thank you for sharing your lovely story. I hope you get to visit there once again!

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  • Joanne T Ferguson August 18, 2013, 7:27 pm

    G’day Nami!
    Thank you for sharing your special family memories of Japan, true!
    As there is nothing more special than a family holiday and family memories that last one’s whole life through!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  • Terri Hughes August 18, 2013, 7:35 pm

    Hi Nami, thanks so much for sharing your pictures of Japan….I love them. Your kids are so cute, glad you had a great time.

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:10 pm

      Thank you very much Terri! I had a good time with my family and it’s always hard to leave my family and country… :)

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  • Monica August 18, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Wonderful pictures! The kids looks like they are having so much fun (as well as the grandparents!). Thanks for sharing!

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  • Kim August 18, 2013, 7:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing your family photos. 懐かしい! I lived in Odawara, and we loved going to Yokohama with my husband in our free time. I still miss the freedom of not owning a car and traveling all over Japan on the trains. Some day we hope to go back with our kids. They will love it especially the food. Japanese is their favorite! Thanks for bringing back so many wonderful memories of the country and people that are dear to my heart.

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    • Linda August 18, 2013, 8:30 pm

      I lived in Odawara too about 25 years ago. Loved it!

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:11 pm

      Hi Kim! Thank you for your comment. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this post and reminded you your wonderful time in Japan. Hope you can visit with your children one day! :)

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  • Vivalabbird August 18, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Hi Nami!

    Fantastic pictures and commentary! I will definitely hit you up for recommendations if the hubby and I travel to Japan next year!! Thank you for sharing such thoughtful details about your trip!

    xx

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:12 pm

      Hi Vivi! Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you enjoyed this post! xo ;)

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  • Kimmi August 18, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos of your trip! It looks like you had such a wonderful time with your family. I have to admit, I’m very jealous that your kids got to play with fireworks! It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, if not for the U.S. ban in some states. And Doraemon — I still love it too! (Sometimes I watch old episodes on Youtube…)

    Looking forward to part 2!

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:15 pm

      Hi Kimmi! I grew up with fireworks in summer so I was so shocked when I learned we cannot play with fireworks. Well California is too dry and it’s dangerous in summer though… Kids had fun! Thank you for your comment! xo

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 18, 2013, 8:07 pm

    I love going home to Japan with you. That log cabin is fantastic!

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  • Linda August 18, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Love your pictures. Your kids are so cute and look like they were having such a good time with your family in Japan. Will be going to Japan soon to see my daughter and her family soon. Can’t wait to see them and eat “oishi” Japanese food.

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:16 pm

      Hi Linda! Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you will have a great trip to Japan. Great part is that your daughter and her family know where to eat! ;)

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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 18, 2013, 8:47 pm

    Iphone is definitely convenient. Love the photos and it was so fun following you all on instagram :)

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  • Eha August 18, 2013, 9:26 pm

    Oh Namiko-san, I have been waiting for you to post your ‘at home’ photos! Have filed them and shall so enjoy again tonight!! Your children look so relaxed: they obviously loved their daily activities. Somehow, in spite of the hustle and bustle, Japan is so kid-friendly. I mean,my daughters were 4 and 6 when we first took them along: blonde little foreigners who felt totally at home and even managed to play with local kids hands-knees-and-bumpsadaisy :) ! Japanese politeness helped!!!

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:18 pm

      Thank you very much Eha! I hope your children still remember about Japan. :D

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  • Miriam August 18, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your trip. My mother is from Japan, she met my father when he was in the service there in the late ’40′s. Last year she took me to Japan and we retraced her life. Visiting the places she lived before, during and after the war. It was an incredible trip and wonderful to connect with my relatives there. Your pictures made me wish I was back. I loved Japan, the food, the people, the scenery and did I mention the delicious food (which is why I love your blog – yummy recipes).

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:20 pm

      Hi Miriam! Wow… it must have been a very emotional trip for her and you. And a lot of things must have been completely changed since the last time. Thank you for sharing your stories. I’m so happy to hear you reconnected with your relatives after a long time! xo

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  • Lynna August 18, 2013, 10:04 pm

    It looks so fun! Even if you couldn`t take pictures on your DSLR, these are still cute pictures.

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  • Hotly Spiced August 18, 2013, 10:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing your holiday with us, Nami. My mother used to make beautiful quilts but like you, I just never had any patience for sewing. It looks like your daughter got the patient-gene. I would love to jump into a Japanese hot spring – must get to Japan one day! xx

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 18, 2013, 10:26 pm

    I loved following your trip on IG! I felt like I was right there with you as my personal tour guide :).

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  • The Saffron Girl August 18, 2013, 11:46 pm

    I loved following your trip via Instagram; and this recap is wonderful. What a great experience for the children to go to school while in Japan and integrate even more into the culture. That’s so important when living away from one’s roots. Thank you for sharing Nami! ;)

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  • The Ninja Baker August 19, 2013, 12:15 am

    素晴らしい夏休みをすごしたそうですね。iPhoneで良い写真を良い思いでになりますでしょう。

    なみさんの子供はとても可愛いです。お母様とお父様とお会いできたことは恵みでしょう。

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  • Ranko August 19, 2013, 12:37 am

    I am very happy to see the pictures of your trip to Japan. I myself hav went to Japan in the beginnig of July…very hot!!!…to visit my mother. She lives close to Osaka. :-)

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:22 pm

      Hi Ranko! Yes… around that time rainy season was over and all the sudden it got really hot. Then it cooled down a bit but over all Japan in summer is just really hot and humid… I was in Osaka for a few days in August! It’s like 2-3 C hotter there than Tokyo area. :)

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  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen August 19, 2013, 1:33 am

    Wonderful family holidays.. and wonderful places! :)
    Awesome pictures :)

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 19, 2013, 2:44 am

    You look like you had such a great time with your family! And I hear you about toting around the DSLR and lenses. I once got a migraine from walking around in the heat with it. It was the first migraine I ever got. So I totally think that you made the right decision! :)

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  • cquek August 19, 2013, 3:16 am

    These are totally gorgeous looking! Thanks a lot for sharing your pictures. I just love JAPAN.

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  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade August 19, 2013, 4:53 am

    What a lovely family trip :) I just love Japan, its my second fave country on the planet (after Australia hehe). Looks like you had some wonderful experiences, looking forward to seeing Volume 2!!

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  • Natalie August 19, 2013, 6:28 am

    These are amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jeanette August 19, 2013, 6:29 am

    Wow, what an amazing trip Nami! Sounds like you had a fantastic time with your family. So glad you were able to visit Japan and see your folks. Precious memories.

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  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 19, 2013, 7:26 am

    Wow – these are lovely pictures – even taken thru a iphone :)
    Through your pictures, I felt I travelled through all thses places!

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  • Riitta August 19, 2013, 7:29 am

    Looks like you had a great time, lovely photos! I’ve been to Japan a couple of times (my family’s favourite location), and I always dreaming about the next trip. Your photos didn’t exactly help… ;-)

    And I totally agree, public transportation in Japan is so convenient, even for a non-japanese speaker.

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  • Steven August 19, 2013, 7:31 am

    I miss Yokohama…. The area around the Yokohama Landmark Tower is very nice and modern.

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:25 pm

      Hi Steven! Yes, that area has changed so much! One of the readers told me that it’s 20th anniversary for Landmark tower this year. I still remember when it was built…Time flies!

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  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking August 19, 2013, 7:42 am

    I enjoyed following your journey when you were there…looks like a wonderful trip! Great pictures! I want you to be my tour guide when I visit!:)

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  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz.com August 19, 2013, 8:31 am

    OMG I cannot get over the public transit map! Thank you so much for sharing all these amazing pictures, they are so beautiful and precious. Geez I have not even gotten around to my trip pics yet lol.

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  • Belinda @zomppa August 19, 2013, 8:55 am

    How fun!! The grandparents look way happy! I want a room just like that….

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  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks August 19, 2013, 9:40 am

    Great photos, Nami! I think it’s awesome that your kids got to experience school and make some friends! Looking firward to your other vacation posts!

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  • Ava August 19, 2013, 9:44 am

    Hi Nami! As soon as I saw your newsletter in the mail, I just had to check out your blog right away. I really enjoy your posts about Japan. My hubby and I are saving for a trip to visit some friends hopefully by late next year (fingers crossed!) and we are just eager to get tips and get a preview of the things we may see there. We are so so so excited, it will be a trip to remember I’m sure. Maybe I should start watching Doraemon to learn a few Japanese words,lol! Glad to see your family had a great holiday.Thanks for sharing Nami, waiting impatiently for Part 2.

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:43 pm

      Hi Ava! Thank you so much for subscribing to my blog. :) I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed my post and hope you get to visit Japan late next year! xo

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  • goboroot August 19, 2013, 11:18 am

    なみさんのご家族本当に温かそうですね。写真から伝わってきます。そして日本の何気ない日常の風景こそ、外国に遠く離れて暮らしている私たちにはじーんときてしまいますね。また帰りたくなってしまった!それとも何年おきに帰るから尚更いとおしくさえも見えてしまうのかなあ?Thank you for sharing, Nami san!!!

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  • Lail | With A Spin August 19, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Wonderful photos Nami. Thank you for sharing. Your kids are adorable and sounds like you all had a wonderful time in Japan.

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  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health August 19, 2013, 12:47 pm

    im so happy to see these pictures <3

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  • Nik@ABrownTable August 19, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Nami, I loved all your Instagram updates on your holiday. It looks like y’all had a great trip and the food looked amazing along with all the gorgeous sites.

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  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie August 19, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Nami, these are great photos. It doesn’t matter what device photos are snapped with, it’s the end result. I can imagine how much fun you and your children had. Thanks for sharing and I’m looking forward to the next installments.:)

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  • donna mikasa August 19, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I cannot WAIT for part two, although I’ve seen many of your pics on Instagram. How fun for your children to experience school for two weeks! And all that yummy food…..Thank you for sharing!

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:44 pm

      Thank you Donna! I thought the kids will complain about going to school, but they were so looking forward to school everyday. It was unexpected! Thank you for checking the post!

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  • Linda | The Urban Mrs August 19, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Wonderful pictures! My friend and I just chatted about going to Japan next year, and reading your post has made me excited of going there. I still love watching Doraemon, but the one we have on TV has been dubbed. I’m sure it’s better to watch the original version. :)

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  • Sandra August 19, 2013, 5:14 pm

    Very nice pictures and it looks like you guys had a great trip. Looking forward to the others.

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  • Fran @ G'day Souffle' August 19, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Your children are so cute and your parents look so happy to be able to visit with them!

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  • melissa fazio August 19, 2013, 5:40 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! My boyfriend and I want to go to japan one day and I have to admit even though I am adventurist when it comes to food, crowds scare me and I have imagined Japan to be VERY crowded. But the pictures are beautiful and green! I can’t wait to read more. :)

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:48 pm

      Hi Melissa! Well, in general, it’s crowded. The distance to people around you are much closer (I’m not sure where you’re located, but considering life in California). If you go out during commuting time and to big tourist spots or big event, oh it’ll be crazy crowded…but otherwise, it’s not so bad…or maybe I’m just used to it because I grew up there. =P Hope you will still enjoy if you visit Japan. :)

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  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com August 19, 2013, 6:02 pm

    Love travel posts like these: full of interesting photos, about interesting experiences. Nice to see the life of a fellow food blogger in pictures other than food. :) Looking forward to volume 2 and volume 3 and more. :)

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  • Caroline Foo August 19, 2013, 6:43 pm

    Hi Nami, Thank you so much for sharing the photographs. Looking forward to seeing more.

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 9:44 pm

      Thank you Caroline! :)

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  • Asmita August 19, 2013, 8:00 pm

    What lovely pictures. Japan is so beautiful and hopefully some day I can visit. It’s always so much fun going back home and spend time with family. That in itself is awesome!
    Looks like a fun trip.

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  • Kim - Liv Life August 19, 2013, 10:03 pm

    I really enjoyed your instagram shots while you were in Japan, and I love these as well! One of my good friends is from Japan and she has promised me that someday she will take me. How lucky your kids are to experience such a trip, and I”m sure many more will follow. Keep the pics coming!!

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  • Bam's Kitchen August 19, 2013, 11:52 pm

    Dear Nami-san, arigato goarimasu for the beautiful memories. Oh my goodness that little log cabin was just down the street from where I lived. I used to bring my boys to play there when we used to live in Noblesse Neuve I in Nakaodai. I might have gone for walks and passed right by your home. The world is a really small place. Your mom and dad look fantastic! I am sure this was a much cherished trip home. Ja Mata, BAM

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    • Nami August 19, 2013, 11:59 pm

      Hi Bam! I think I read somewhere that there are 3 log houses in Yokohama. One of them is near my house, about 7-10 min walk from my home. It’s in Tsuzuki-ku, so this one is not near your home. But seriously, we lived pretty close considering how far we live right now. :) Wish we were in Japan at the same time!!

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  • daphne August 20, 2013, 1:19 am

    Woah! What a trip. I agree with you that using the phone is so much easier- and your photos are spot on! I love it that you still watch doremon!

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  • Ramona August 20, 2013, 4:19 am

    What a fun trip… our kids are about the same age… I can just imagine how much fun they had. I love the photo of the dinosaur skull… my son would have been in heaven. :)

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  • lori August 20, 2013, 4:32 am

    Everyone looks happy and relaxed that is what it is all about. Someday I would like to see pictures of you mom’s quilts. I bet they are interesting and colorful. I am glad you had fun with your family and you are making new memories. Thx for your recipes I am learning a lot.

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    • Nami August 20, 2013, 11:10 pm

      Hi Lori! Thank you for your comment! She has sooo many quilts (she’s been quilting for more than 20 years), but I took a few and posted on Instagram. Here’s one.

      http://instagram.com/p/bN_BJ2skCM/

      Thank you for writing! xo

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  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover August 20, 2013, 5:52 am

    Love to see your mom and dad with your kids, feel so warm ^_^. Thanks for sharing.. I can’t wait to explore Tokyo and Hokkaido soon.

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  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) August 20, 2013, 7:24 am

    What an awesome trip! I want to visit Japan!

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  • Candice August 20, 2013, 7:46 am

    OMG! I love Doraemon!! =) My aunt bought me a Doraemon wearing a kimono in Hong Kong 10 years ago. Do your kids speak Japanese since they watch Doraemon? haha!

    Thanks for sharing pictures of your trip.

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    • Nami August 20, 2013, 11:13 pm

      Hi Candice! Doraemon in kimono! Aww that must be so cute! My kids speak English to each other but they understand conversational level of Japanese that we use daily. It’s interesting they understand Doraemon. ;)

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  • nipponnin August 20, 2013, 10:08 am

    面白そう!いいなあ!今度スーパー銭湯に行ってみたいかも?ご両親は素敵なところに住んでいらっしゃるのね。東京の近くというのも、ナイス!

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  • Winnie August 20, 2013, 11:32 am

    Thank you for sharing pics etc. of your Japan trip. I was there several years ago (although not in Yokohama), and I loved it!! You’ve given me some ideas for other things to do and see, for the next trip!

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  • Juliana August 20, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Beautiful pictures Nami…I sure enjoyed them all…your kids are so precious :D
    Have a wonderful week my dear!

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  • Choc Chip Uru August 20, 2013, 2:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing such an incredible experience my friend :D
    Loved your commentary and I felt like I went on the trip too!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  • Lfchia August 20, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Hi, Nami,
    Happy family time , I love to see your shared picture. My next dream country travel schedule , hope dream become true. :)

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    • Nami August 20, 2013, 11:14 pm

      Hi Lfchia! I hope you get to visit Japan one day! :) Thank you for writing!

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  • Kitchen Belleicious August 20, 2013, 8:15 pm

    oh how fun! What a great trip and amazing pictures!

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  • Suzanne August 20, 2013, 11:18 pm

    Nami, I know the feeling about taking pictures with your iPhone it’s just so convenient instead of lugging around the big camera. Your trip sounds like it was fabulous, I love the photo of your daughter learning to sew from her grandmother so precious. I bet your parents were in heaven being able to spend time with your children. So glad you made it back safe and sound and I look forward to seeing more photos of your trip.

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  • Baking Scientist August 21, 2013, 12:42 am

    Hi Nami, your kids are so cute! :) thanks for sharing :)

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  • CIndy August 21, 2013, 3:07 am

    Hi Nami,

    You are making miss Yokohama so much! I lived there from 2009 to 2011 and our house was at Honmoku Manzaka. My hubby’s office was at Queens Square. Seeing your pics bring back so much memories! A part of me never really left Japan. It is a beautiful country and I would love to live there again.

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    • Nami August 21, 2013, 11:46 am

      Hi Cindy! Thank you for your comment! :) How nice that his office was at Queens Square! I used to go to Honmoku area as my mom has (or had?) a friend there. It’s very nice area! You are so sweet – I am so happy to hear you enjoyed living in Japan! :)

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  • wok with ray August 21, 2013, 8:03 am

    I always look forward to your post everytime you come back from Japan. I love seeing the pictures that you bring back with you and I always admire how clean, and peaceful Japan is. Well, one of these days, my friend. I will definitely go and take the family to that beautiful place.

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  • Sissi August 21, 2013, 9:18 am

    It’s such a pleasure to see your Tokyo photos once more! (I have been watching your trip on instagram of course!). Thank you for sharing your trip impressions once again! Your photos are great and I wish I could take at least half as good when on holidays…

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  • Rosa August 21, 2013, 10:58 am

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures with us.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • mariel August 21, 2013, 12:23 pm

    I would love to visit Japan one day and just by looking at these pictures makes me want to go more. I’m so glad you guys had an awesome time and your kids are so cute ^o^

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  • veganmiam.com August 21, 2013, 12:48 pm

    Lovely pictures! I’ve to visit Japan soon! The Yokohama Landmark Tower looks gorgeous, too! I look forward to checking out your Part 2 Photos! Right now I’m in Spain, traveling (I’m on instagram @veganmiam).

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  • Charles August 21, 2013, 2:01 pm

    Lovely photos Nami – I guess the city of Yokohama must have changed a lot since I was there 10 years ago… my ex-girlfriend always wanted to make me go to hot-springs. I never did, I regret it now, but they were separate – men in one, women in another – and as a non-native, with no other friend or guy there I found the idea of going to one alone very scary :(.

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    • Nami August 21, 2013, 8:40 pm

      OMG you totally crack me up! I know, if you didn’t grow up going to bath with other (naked) men, the concept is VERY strange!! :) Maybe one day, with your wife and William!

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  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 21, 2013, 2:58 pm

    What a wonderful experience and beautiful photos, Nami! So glad that you got to spend time with your family. Looks like it was a great time and I can’t wait to see more! Thanks for sharing.

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  • mjskit August 21, 2013, 7:20 pm

    Glad you decided to go with the iphone pictures – more time to spend having fun with your family! Looks like y’all had a blast. Thanks for sharing them here since I don’t do Instagram. :)

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  • Reem August 21, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I enjoyed every pic you posted on IG n here I’m enjoying them again… I agree with you camera n all heavy gears can be a pain sometime… n smart phones have such nice resolution it is way easier to capture moments..
    Glad you had such a lovely summer. .. lovely post.

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  • Orchidea August 22, 2013, 7:02 am

    Hi,
    It is so nice to read about your trips to Japan… I am so much dreaming to visit your country one day!
    Ciao.

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  • Helene D'souza August 22, 2013, 7:47 am

    Oh your mother quilts, that’s nice. Kind of an art that is disappearing in the world. I like to do it too but I honestly don’t have the time for these things. =I
    Your kids went to school there for 10 days? How did this come to happen. I mean I hadn’t heard of something like this before but I think it’s pretty cool!
    Thank you for sharing our pics and it’s understandable that you don’t carry the photo bag all around.

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  • Reese August 22, 2013, 9:34 pm

    You have a lovely family, Nami. I thoroughly enjoy all the pictures you share about your trip home, especially the ones of your kids with their granny and grandpa! So happy to see them having such a grand time together. Thank you for sharing all the precious moments with us. It always makes us want to go back there!

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  • Kate@Diethood August 24, 2013, 9:27 am

    I followed most of your trip on Instagram and boy am I itching to go to JAPAN! Truly a beautiful, beautiful country.

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  • Gina August 25, 2013, 9:23 am

    I loved seeing your trip on IG. I’m sure your parents are missing you guys so much. One day your kids will really appreciate the experience. Hope you guys are over your jet-lag.
    -Gina-

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  • Diana August 26, 2013, 8:40 am

    I can’t wait for my return to Japan next year…….Those were lovely photo’s. Thank you for sharing Nami. I really miss the food in Japan.

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    • Nami August 28, 2013, 2:06 pm

      Thank you Diana! Hope you have a great trip to Japan next year. Vol. 3 is going to be all about food! :)

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  • Shema George August 26, 2013, 10:46 am

    I just finished reading volume 1 and 2 of your Japan trip…very informative and loved to see what all you and your family did …waiting for vol 3 ..I wish to visit Japan some day of my life :)

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  • Courtney August 28, 2013, 12:08 am

    Very nice photos…from practically my backyard! How funny that you’re from Kanto area. I’m happy to call it “home” for now.

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  • TheKitchenLioness August 28, 2013, 3:01 am

    Nami, it is so wonderful to see all your amazing pictures from your trip to Japan – your parents and your children look so very happy – what a post full of adventure and joy, dear Nami!

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  • Min August 29, 2013, 3:19 am

    Love the recap, Nami! I’m running out the door right now so I’ll have to read the part 1 and the hot springs recap later..boo. I know what you mean by carrying around a DSLR. Although I don’t have to walk around everywhere, it’s hot here in Texas and the last thing I want is a heavy camera strapped around my neck or a bulky handbag on my shoulder. Thankfully, our phones do a great job ;). So awesome that your mom is a quilt teacher! I am not very good with my hands (my mom always told me they were made to destroy things..so encouraging), but I had so fun knitting a baby blanket (even though I felt that I may be getting carpel tunnel) for my nephew’s 1st bday last year that I’ve seriously considered taking a quilting class at Jo-Ann.
    Looks like your kids had such a wonderful time! I’m very much aware of Doreamon..have you heard of Pororo, the children’s president in Korea? ;).
    Several years back, my mom, sister, and I went on a tour visiting the various hot springs in Hokkaido. There were about 30 of us in the group, and my sister and I felt really terrible bc almost everyone on the trip was there bc of their children…and we were there thanks to our mom who graciously opened up her wallet….Both of us are not financially stable just yet but hopefully soon! Anyway, it was one of the most memorable trips and I can’t wait to go back and visit other parts of Japan!

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  • patty August 30, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I really enjoyed following your trip on Instagram and the iPhone photos are just perfect- I can’t stand to lug around a heavy camera on a trip!

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  • Lori Lynn September 8, 2013, 8:52 am

    Nami – I agree with you about the heavy camera thing. I recently upgraded my iphone and a so happy with the pics. Carefree is the word!
    Your images and description of the trip are precious.
    LL

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