May 16, 2016

 The best laid plans … they say that the easiest way to make the gods laugh is to tell them your plans.


It was all arranged. Shoko’s mother was staying at the “care home” for a few days. Shoko and I planned to leave for Yokohama Sunday morning. We would explore the are...

May 14, 2016

It’s been a quiet couple of days. No major excursions. Just spending time with Shoko. Daily life.


Much of Shoko’s daily life these days involves taking care of her mother. Making meals. Helping her dress. Doing laundry. Because of my visit, Okaasan has graciously agree...

May 13, 2016

I called Shoko yesterday morning to let her know what train I was taking from Kobe to Tokyo so she would know what time to expect me. Before we got off the phone ... "Jean ... It's a beautiful day. Make sure you sit on the left side of the train so you might have a vie...

May 11, 2016

Yesterday I had a day mostly to myself. I started off with "big sized" coffee, egg and toast at the usual place then went to the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden. That involved climbing lots and lots of steps just to get to the boarding point for the cable car that would take...

May 10, 2016

Or maybe I should title this ... Wandering, Eating and Drinking in Kobe ...


Yesterday morning I met Rose, a colleague from the GBP and now a good friend, for a wander around Kobe. We met at our favorite coffee house near the ShinKobe Shinkansen station. We had happened...

May 9, 2016

Some of you will remember that I used to lead Temple's participation in the Global Business Project in which I mentored a team of MBA students who were working on a real consulting project for a company in Japan.  From 2009 - 2011 I spent two weeks in May in Kobe worki...

May 9, 2016

So in the middle of a sleepless night I start reflecting on spending “Mother’s Day” or Haha no Hi in Japan. It’s not a big holiday here but you can find candy and sweets in beautiful packages that have cards that say things like, “For the Wonderful Mother” or “Thank yo...

May 7, 2016



The plan for my first full day here was a visit to the local onsen. If you haven:t heard the term before, a Japanese onsen is a hot springs spa. Basically they are a  place where you can soak in hot mineral water. They are usually divided into two sections, one for m...

May 6, 2016

TADAIMA … the Japanese for “I’m home!” and it sure feels that way. It felt so natural getting on the train to TobuDoubutsuKouen … wonderful to have Yuki pick me up at the station with an 8 year old Naoya(!) in the car. Naoya escorting me from the car with an umbrella h...

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Where am I now?

A selfie in my apartment

in Minato-ku, Tokyo



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