First Day of Spring

Vernal Equinox (春分の日 Shunbun no Hi) is a public holiday in Japan and it usually falls on March 20 or 21. The date is declared in February of the previous year. It is celebrated as the start of Spring Season all around the country.

We are always glad when Daddy is on holiday cause it means we could visit places further than our usual outings during the week since I don’t drive and we could visit new places too. We had actually planned to spend time with our friends but since the weather was not so promising, we cancelled our plan. However, like I mentioned, we are always glad when Daddy is on holiday. So, we decided to brave the windy and wet weather and go for a hike to Tenjoyama Park till Mt. Kachi Kachi which is about 45 to 60 minutes hike.

After we parked our car at the shore of Lake Kawaguchi, we started hiking up when it started to drizzle and the wind was so strong that the kids were not comfortable with it. But we decided to move on and then the rain stopped and the sun started to appear too. The kids had no idea what was in store for them. They were just excited to be spending time in nature as usual.

We found this really awesome abandoned cocoon for our nature find.

We had to make a stop whenever we see the guide map for hiking route to see where we are. Mia’s loves this.

We made a stopover and rested whenever there is a rest place to enjoy the view and of course to take pictures 😊 On one side, we could see the beautiful Mt. Fuji (overlooking part of Fujiyoshida city and Fujikawaguchiko town – and also we could see the roller coasters in FujiQ Highland) and on the other side, we could see part of Fujikawaguchiko town and the beautiful Lake Kawaguchi. This town is very special to us cause it is where we started our journey together as a family before we moved to Oshino Village as I was working there teaching in Public schools.

Our 3 year old needed a ride on Daddy’s back when we were halfway. I had to keep telling Matthew that it would be worth it when we reached the top. He almost gave up just before we reached the top but when I showed him the top, he said, ‘Let’s just do it’ and started to hop on 😊

We had our snacks and drank our water when we reached the Kachi Kachi ropeway station and it was super crowded with lots of tourists (most people take the ropeway to the top)

After having fun there for sometime and making our Omiyage (souvenir) with our 100 yen coins, we decided to show the kids the fun part 😇 We made our way to the ropeway and since the kids didn’t know, they were really excited. When we were on the way down, they kept thanking us and kept saying what a beautiful view it was from the ropeway.

This view is so worth it 😍

I did not think it was gonna be super busy down there. The line to take the ropeway up to the top was super super long. So glad we decided to hike up.

After that, we washed our car at the car wash and the kids insisted they help us wipe the car which was really sweet of them.

After that we bought our bento (lunch box) and headed for our favorite park. We all were really hungry so we finished everything from our bento. Then we headed to our favorite part of the park and ran around there and played hide and seek. We found lots of mushrooms coming up.

Nature is and always will be the best place to bond as a family cause it is free and we can just be ourselves. I am so grateful that we could make all these memories together as a family.

Sometimes things doesn’t go as planned but like some people say, ‘Unplanned memories are the best memories’ 😇

That was how we spent the First Day of Spring this year.

xoxo

Mawii Kullu

Let’s Breathe

Some days cannot go as planned cause we are not the owner of our life. And this weekend is one of those days. A fully prepared us went to bed on Friday evening thinking we would get up early, leave home early and make it to church on time, not knowing what was in store for us. We were woken up by Matthew middle of the night saying that his body was really hot, he had a fever of above 40°C and Mia was hot too but slightly lower than her brother’s. So we had to skip church altogether and Daddy had to miss his afternoon program too. Our Sabbath was spent almost half day visiting the doctor and then eating our packed church lunch at home and a good 4-5 hours of afternoon nap for all of us as we weren’t able to get proper sleep the previous night.

Fever medicines, antibiotics (usually we don’t give them antibiotics but this time we made them take it), cold and cough medicines and lots of liquid and we woke up much better the next day. We were sad that our usual Sunday fun had to be cancelled too but we decided to visit one of our daily walk spots. The kids biked as we followed them. It was not like our usual walk as their little bodies were not in their normal conditions. It was nice to get fresh air but poor Daddy had to bear his kafunsho (Japanese cedar pollen allergy) It was good to see few signs of Spring here and there too.

Sharing some of our pictures below:

Hope you’re weekend was better than ours ❤️

Xoxo

Mawii

Kanegawa no Mori

Sometimes you spent a whole day out with your friends and kids and you were so busy to take pictures and you look back into those pictures and say, ‘Ohhhh, I should’ve taken more pictures’.

Yesterday (23/09/2018) was Autumnal Equinox and it’s the first day if Autumn. We went to Kanegawa no Mori and met our friends there for a picnic and just to spend time together. When we reached the park, we were looking for a place to have picnic but we couldn’t find a nice quiet place as there was some program going on in the park. There were so many mosquitoes and we forgot our insect repellent spray. The kids are super allergic to insect bites and it was really crazy. We actually came home with so many bites that it’s almost difficult to immediately sleep at night especially for poor Matthew. He got bitten in more than 20 places and he’s been scratching himself. Poor little guy 😢

Anyway, they had a lot of fun otherwise. After eating food, we fed fishes, enjoyed our time in the museum and even played in the water for sometime. Then we went to another part of the park where the kids could just play on their own and even rent a bike and practice some traffic rules. We stayed there till the sunset then it’s time to say ‘bye’ to our friends.

Here are just few pictures I have yesterday 😢

xo

Our Happy Place

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17/09/2018

Let me introduce you to one of our favorite park around where we live. It is called ‘Fujiyoshida Shiritsu Suwanomori Natural Park’ and in simple words ‘Fuji Pines Park’. It has walking trails all around the park and has pond with fish, picnic area, barbecue area, a small river and also a big ground to just play around with your loved ones.

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We love this place so much that we could spend our whole day if we could. Growing up around trees and nature, it is my dream to make my kids love nature as much as I do and I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful place surrounded by nature.

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If ever you are in Fujigoko area and would love to spend time with your family and enjoy nature, this is the place to be. I know I know, there are so many other places too ❤️

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The best part is the scene in each season is different and beautiful in their own way and yes, you can view Mt. Fuji from there too.

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xo Mawii

Useful Tips

C43FB4F6-E19F-4E67-8DA6-3C7ABC4C27F7Living in Japan without being able to speak the language and read the language can be very challenging at times especially in the countryside where no one speaks English. And I will be sharing some useful stuffs here, so that life will be easier for other Moms like me 😊 For example, informations on useful drugstore finds, etc. And I will also try and update occasionally.

Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions, and I will try my best to help you. Thank you!

XOXO Mawii

OK!! Let’s get going:

Heat Rash – I developed a really bad heat rash during our camp this Summer and it was difficult to even sleep at night as it was very itchy. So here is one good cream you can buy from the drugstore and it helps too.

Diaper Rash – Mia developed a really bad rash recently and since it was on Saturday and we couldn’t visit the doctor, as a Mom I had to do some research and I found out about this cream. After giving her a bath and cleaning the effected place well, we applied this cream and she slept off peacefully and by morning the rash was almost completely healed.

Train Museum

On September 16, 2018, we visited The Railway Museum in Saitama-shi which is about 127 kms from where we live. It was our second visit to this place and the first time we visited, Mia was only 3 months old and now that she is 2, she was really excited. Even Matthew was super excited as our friends came along with us.

Showing off their tickets at the entrance

They were all running around trying to go inside all the trains and sit on the seats until they realized that they were hungry. All of us ate a delicious Udon at the Museum Restaurant while watching the trains and shinkansens passed by. I guess we annoyed an old couple sitting opposite to our table as we screamed everytime a shinkansen passed by.

We even experienced driving train by ourselves and Matthew got caught speeding as he went over the speed limit on the track and we had to wait for few minutes until we could move again. He didn’t understand what was going on as everything was in Japanese. He kept asking his Dad why we are not moving.

I have crazy kids

If you fight, you share 🙊[[[[[[[[

Waiting for the train show to begin

We went on a train date but we are still shy ☺️

Yep!! We have one excited girl

We left the museum around 5:30 p.m. and Mia didn’t even make it to the parking lot. Even the two boys slept off immediately when we left the parking lot. It was a good day and we all had a lot of fun. ‘When kids are having fun, that means we are having fun too.’

A picture to remember our visit

Even though the museum was really crowded and even though we didn’t get to enjoy everything, we had fun and that’s all that matters.

Here a link to the museum website:

http://www.railway-museum.jp/

XOXO Mawii

Hike to 7 Waterfalls of Kawazu

It was an exciting day on August 14, 2018. We left home around 5 a.m. and headed to Shimoda for our 3 days camping. The kids were still sleepy and we just changed Matthew and as for Mia, we just took her in her pajamas. We left home early as we wanted to do a little hike and see the 7 Waterfalls of Kawazu on the way to or campsite.

We reached the hiking area around 7 a.m. and met up with our camping partners. The kids were so happy to see each other and in fact they were over excited, I should say. It was a beautiful day and perfect morning to do our little hike. It was still early so there was no crowd and it was just perfect. The waterfalls were all so beautiful and and the farther we go, they seem to get better and more beautiful. We all had a lovely time and no doubt we will surely do the hike again.

Here are some more pictures that we took during the hike:

Hope you enjoy the lovely pictures.

XOXO Mawii