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We are the Harunas, an international married couple living in rural Japan. is our site, where we share about the countryside, our multicultural family, what it's like to be an immigrant, Japanese culture, and much more. We hope you enjoy!
2018-08-07 04:35
It is nearly time for the Obon festival (お盆), or Festival of the Dead. Obon is a holiday season in Japan that began as a Buddhist tradition of honoring one’s […] Read More
2018-07-30 04:42
(Pictured: a cosy garden we spotted in England) We are ever-so-slowly learning how to homestead (see here), and this summer I started a garden. I’m still in awe that we’ve [&hell&hell…Read More
2018-07-22 12:11
After one miscarriage in January, the idea of becoming pregnant again made me feel nervous. My first miscarriage was somewhat traumatic, both physically and emotionally. I cringed when frien… Read More
2018-07-09 08:46
(Pictured: fallen trees in Hyogo after the heavy rainfall in Southwestern Japan in July of 2018) A large area of Southwestern Japan was recently hit with record rainfall, and as […] Read More
2018-07-05 07:26
When I came to Osaka six years ago in June of 2012, I experienced my first Kansai summer. At the time, it was also my first encounter with heavy humidity. […] Read More
2018-07-04 06:49
I have had braces since May 2017 (over one year.. so about halfway through!). As someone who has chosen to become a metal mouth in adulthood, sometimes people have questions.. […] Read More
2018-06-19 05:32
According to Wikipedia, homesteading is “a lifestyle of self-sufficiency“. A self-sufficient family might make their own food, or create products that can be used at home or sold… Read More
2018-05-01 11:00
If you’ve been clicking around, you’ve probably read that Masashi and I (Hannah) are an international married couple living in rural Hyogo, Japan. Masashi is a born and raised Ja… Read More
2018-04-29 08:46
So you’ve already set a budget or had the time-off approved for your dream trip.. but what about saving on all of the “smaller” expenses that add up while traveling? [&hell&hell…Read More
2018-04-28 07:43
When my husband and I married, we did so on a creatively low budget, which meant foregoing an adventurous, out-of-country honeymoon. We took a few days off before jumping immediately [&helli&hell…Read More

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