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This evening was our last session with our Saturday night babysitter, Andrea. She will be returning to her home country for good. 😢 I asked her how she felt and she said both happy and sad. I got her a nice little thank you card wishing her all the best from us three. She was Damian’s primary sitter for the first 8 months we lived here, then just Saturdays when I started Japanese on two weekdays. Our other babysitter, Mika will be taking over the Saturdays now.
Wishing Andrea all the best wherever life may take her. 💙
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#bittersweet #wellmissyou #andrea #babysitter #goodbyes #damian #babyd #lastsession #makingithappeninjapan
This evening was our last session with our Saturday night babysitter, Andrea. She will be returning to her home country for good. 😢 I asked her how she felt and she said both happy and sad. I got her a nice little thank you card wishing her all the best from us three. She was Damian’s primary sitter for the first 8 months we lived here, then just Saturdays when I started Japanese on two weekdays. Our other babysitter, Mika will be taking over the Saturdays now. Wishing Andrea all the best wherever life may take her. 💙 . . . #bittersweet  #wellmissyou  #andrea  #babysitter  #goodbyes  #damian  #babyd  #lastsession  #makingithappeninjapan 
A little while ago I mentioned that we had a key lime tree on our patio/porch. That however, was not the case. The green (now yellow) fruit is a citrus known as “Yuzu” and has many uses. The front doorman said that they are harvested in mid-November and usually ripe when they are mostly yellow. They can also be used in baths (which Kyle has already done lol). Pictured alongside a lemon for size comparison. 🍋🍊
Today, the gentleman (Kando is his name) gave me this huge bag of what sounded like “Pasmon”? (My dear friend Shanna who lives in China informed they are called “Persimmon.”) I thought at first he was saying “Pasmo” like our subway charge cards. 😂He said they still need a week, and told me how to cut and eat them. 🍅 He said they can also be eaten with whiskey to make the flavor less harsh (like lime with tequila). Seeing as we’ve now used Yuzu several times with some vodka mixed drinks, I’m sure we’ll be trying these guys out as well. 🤣🤣
Mika, our babysitter asked, “You do not have your own personal fruit trees in the US?” I said we did actually but they are not common like here in Japan. Our backyard at our house in the US has an apple tree. However, it only bears fruit every other year, because another tree was not planted years ago so it could cross-pollinate. 🍎
Kando had informed Kyle that they previously had a gardener who tended to the fruits year round and then, once ready, they made a whole fruit basket for all the residents. I think it’s safe to say we’re pretty damn happy (and spoiled) to just receive them in bags. 🤣🤣
There’s also a grapefruit tree out back, but it is not ready yet. Incredible. All of it.
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#givemeallthefruits #fruitfruitfruit #lucky #spoiled #wow #japanesecitrus #interesting #persimmon #learnsomethingneweveryday #akasakatokyo #roppongitokyo #tokyomidtown #makingithappeninjapan
A little while ago I mentioned that we had a key lime tree on our patio/porch. That however, was not the case. The green (now yellow) fruit is a citrus known as “Yuzu” and has many uses. The front doorman said that they are harvested in mid-November and usually ripe when they are mostly yellow. They can also be used in baths (which Kyle has already done lol). Pictured alongside a lemon for size comparison. 🍋🍊 Today, the gentleman (Kando is his name) gave me this huge bag of what sounded like “Pasmon”? (My dear friend Shanna who lives in China informed they are called “Persimmon.”) I thought at first he was saying “Pasmo” like our subway charge cards. 😂He said they still need a week, and told me how to cut and eat them. 🍅 He said they can also be eaten with whiskey to make the flavor less harsh (like lime with tequila). Seeing as we’ve now used Yuzu several times with some vodka mixed drinks, I’m sure we’ll be trying these guys out as well. 🤣🤣 Mika, our babysitter asked, “You do not have your own personal fruit trees in the US?” I said we did actually but they are not common like here in Japan. Our backyard at our house in the US has an apple tree. However, it only bears fruit every other year, because another tree was not planted years ago so it could cross-pollinate. 🍎 Kando had informed Kyle that they previously had a gardener who tended to the fruits year round and then, once ready, they made a whole fruit basket for all the residents. I think it’s safe to say we’re pretty damn happy (and spoiled) to just receive them in bags. 🤣🤣 There’s also a grapefruit tree out back, but it is not ready yet. Incredible. All of it. . . . #givemeallthefruits  #fruitfruitfruit  #lucky  #spoiled  #wow  #japanesecitrus  #interesting  #persimmon  #learnsomethingneweveryday  #akasakatokyo  #roppongitokyo  #tokyomidtown  #makingithappeninjapan 
✨ Tokyo Midtown Lightshow 2018 ✨
(Sorry for bad cinematography...was trying to make sure D didn’t take off chasing bubbles 😜)
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#tokyomidtown #lightshow #holidaylights #christmaslights #makingithappeninjapan
Tokyo Midtown has their holiday light show set up. Though not fully functional yet, it’s so beautiful.🎄
Technicians were working in the “field” on what I’m assuming is the sound and other bits. If it’s anything like last year, it’s going to be incredible. 🥰
I’m so thankful we live so close to here to come see this multiple times. Can’t wait to see what the music will be and if the bulbs will change colors with the music.
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Last year on Christmas Eve, we were coming back from something and confused as to why there was a huge long line down in the basement of Midtown. No kidding it was literally a 1,000 to 2,000+ people lined up and around and into and out of the building to see the light show. Went on forever. They had security guards waving people through at various points with traffic cones and everything lol. Very well organized.
We were absolutely stunned though because we had already seen it multiple times. #lucky
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#tokyomidtown #roppongitokyo #akasakatokyo #roppongimidtown #tokyojapan #lightshow #holidaylights #christmaslights #beautiful #makingithappeninjapan
Tokyo Midtown has their holiday light show set up. Though not fully functional yet, it’s so beautiful.🎄 Technicians were working in the “field” on what I’m assuming is the sound and other bits. If it’s anything like last year, it’s going to be incredible. 🥰 I’m so thankful we live so close to here to come see this multiple times. Can’t wait to see what the music will be and if the bulbs will change colors with the music. . Last year on Christmas Eve, we were coming back from something and confused as to why there was a huge long line down in the basement of Midtown. No kidding it was literally a 1,000 to 2,000+ people lined up and around and into and out of the building to see the light show. Went on forever. They had security guards waving people through at various points with traffic cones and everything lol. Very well organized. We were absolutely stunned though because we had already seen it multiple times. #lucky  . . . #tokyomidtown  #roppongitokyo  #akasakatokyo  #roppongimidtown  #tokyojapan  #lightshow  #holidaylights  #christmaslights  #beautiful  #makingithappeninjapan 
My longer handle torties new home.
🖌🖌🐢🧡🖤
I originally had them in my acrylic muji case, but they were a little too long/awkward to take out for use. I think they look better in the tortoiseshell holder anyway; alongside my beautiful, black and gold Hakuhodo lip brush, and the two candy apple red Takeda’s. 🍭🍎 (Side note: I’m surprised at how many brushes you can actually fit in it.)
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Lastly, I absolutely adore my Takeda eyelash curlers and gold-tipped Dovo cuticle (eyebrow) scissors. I have backups of both.
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I bought two of each because you just never know when something might be discontinued. I heard the Takeda eyelash curlers were running low in stock; I also noticed they weren’t on display at the Takeda counter the last two times I went. I haven’t asked yet if they are being discontinued. (I hope not.) But just in case, I’m glad I have two pairs—they will last a lifetime if taken care of properly. 🌺
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#takedabrush #takedabrushinc #takedabrushes #takedabrusheyelashcurlers #tortoiseshell #tortoiseshellhandles #tortoiseshellglasses #torties #solingen #solingengermany #solingenknife #goldtipped #DOVO #dovoscissors #wonderfultools #beautytools #bestofthebest #mujicase #kumanofude #sweetmakeuptemptations #japanesemakeupbrushes #hakuhodo #chikuhodo #koyudo #kihitsu #pureredsable #weaselbrushes #kolinskybrush #myrasbrushes #makingithappeninjapan
My longer handle torties new home. 🖌🖌🐢🧡🖤 I originally had them in my acrylic muji case, but they were a little too long/awkward to take out for use. I think they look better in the tortoiseshell holder anyway; alongside my beautiful, black and gold Hakuhodo lip brush, and the two candy apple red Takeda’s. 🍭🍎 (Side note: I’m surprised at how many brushes you can actually fit in it.) . Lastly, I absolutely adore my Takeda eyelash curlers and gold-tipped Dovo cuticle (eyebrow) scissors. I have backups of both. . I bought two of each because you just never know when something might be discontinued. I heard the Takeda eyelash curlers were running low in stock; I also noticed they weren’t on display at the Takeda counter the last two times I went. I haven’t asked yet if they are being discontinued. (I hope not.) But just in case, I’m glad I have two pairs—they will last a lifetime if taken care of properly. 🌺 . . . #takedabrush  #takedabrushinc  #takedabrushes  #takedabrusheyelashcurlers  #tortoiseshell  #tortoiseshellhandles  #tortoiseshellglasses  #torties  #solingen  #solingengermany  #solingenknife  #goldtipped  #DOVO  #dovoscissors  #wonderfultools  #beautytools  #bestofthebest  #mujicase  #kumanofude  #sweetmakeuptemptations  #japanesemakeupbrushes  #hakuhodo  #chikuhodo  #koyudo  #kihitsu  #pureredsable  #weaselbrushes  #kolinskybrush  #myrasbrushes  #makingithappeninjapan 
Kyle left for the US for a week on business. ♥️
D and I decided to put the Christmas tree up to pass the time. 🕘 Kyle’s always been the one to put the branches on and whatnot. But it was surprisingly easy to put together. 🤔
In case you couldn’t tell, D was very excited about the process. 👦🏼🎄
Last year, we had to buy all new lights because the US ones didn’t work (voltage maybe?)—and the Japan ones don’t have the ends connect like the US; so at present, the tree is cut in half color-scheme wise. Lol.
Lights are expensive AF here too. Very high quality, even when you try to find cheap....
Oh and the star doesn’t connect, so I’ll have to find some connectors this week or something. (As well as a new star.) D being the little engineer he is, wanted to know everything about the star and it’s inner workings and the bulbs. My attempts to stop him multiple times were futile. Oh well. Shit happens. We had a great time. It’s late, and I’ll be picking up fake pine tree needles tomorrow cuz I’m too tired and lazy to do it tonight. 🎄💫 Overall, having a beautiful mismatched, struggle-tree put up makes me feel all the holiday warm and fuzzies, and closer to home and family faraway. ♥️
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#puttingthechristmastreeup #christmastree #merrychristmas #idontcarethatitsnotthanksgivingyet #putthattreeup #makingithappeninjapan
Kyle left for the US for a week on business. ♥️ D and I decided to put the Christmas tree up to pass the time. 🕘 Kyle’s always been the one to put the branches on and whatnot. But it was surprisingly easy to put together. 🤔 In case you couldn’t tell, D was very excited about the process. 👦🏼🎄 Last year, we had to buy all new lights because the US ones didn’t work (voltage maybe?)—and the Japan ones don’t have the ends connect like the US; so at present, the tree is cut in half color-scheme wise. Lol. Lights are expensive AF here too. Very high quality, even when you try to find cheap.... Oh and the star doesn’t connect, so I’ll have to find some connectors this week or something. (As well as a new star.) D being the little engineer he is, wanted to know everything about the star and it’s inner workings and the bulbs. My attempts to stop him multiple times were futile. Oh well. Shit happens. We had a great time. It’s late, and I’ll be picking up fake pine tree needles tomorrow cuz I’m too tired and lazy to do it tonight. 🎄💫 Overall, having a beautiful mismatched, struggle-tree put up makes me feel all the holiday warm and fuzzies, and closer to home and family faraway. ♥️ . . . #puttingthechristmastreeup  #christmastree  #merrychristmas  #idontcarethatitsnotthanksgivingyet  #putthattreeup  #makingithappeninjapan 
Picked up this beauty last night at the Takeda counter. 😘 Love that candy apple red! 🍎
With Christmas around the corner, it’s perfect for kicking off my holiday spirit.🎄(Check out the gold calligraphy on the handle, contrasted by standard font. Beautiful.) I now have a big Takeda red lip brush to match my little one I bought 2 years ago.💋💄🖌 Such fine craftsmanship. 😌🇯🇵
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#takedabrush #takedabrushinc #takedabrushes #kumanofude #sweetmakeuptemptations #hakuhodo #chikuhodo #koyudo #redlip #redlipbrush #portablebrush #candyapplered #holidayspirit #takashimaya #shinjukutakashimaya #takashimayashinjuku #shinjuku #christmasspirit #christmasred #beautiful #myrasbrushes #makingithappeninjapan
Picked up this beauty last night at the Takeda counter. 😘 Love that candy apple red! 🍎 With Christmas around the corner, it’s perfect for kicking off my holiday spirit.🎄(Check out the gold calligraphy on the handle, contrasted by standard font. Beautiful.) I now have a big Takeda red lip brush to match my little one I bought 2 years ago.💋💄🖌 Such fine craftsmanship. 😌🇯🇵 . . . #takedabrush  #takedabrushinc  #takedabrushes  #kumanofude  #sweetmakeuptemptations  #hakuhodo  #chikuhodo  #koyudo  #redlip  #redlipbrush  #portablebrush  #candyapplered  #holidayspirit  #takashimaya  #shinjukutakashimaya  #takashimayashinjuku  #shinjuku  #christmasspirit  #christmasred  #beautiful  #myrasbrushes  #makingithappeninjapan 
500 yen and I got this out of a claw machine. 😂 Bluetooth earphones! 🎧 🎶 Awwwesome. I love Japan!✌🏼🎌
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#bluetooth #bluetoothearphones #dripproof #splash #cool #lovejapan #clawmachine #shinjuku #makingithappeninjapan
There’ll be some straggler pics from my MIL’s visit. Bic Camera is all decked out with a full section of Tokyo 2020 merchandise. Kyle and Di got a snap with the Olympic mascots. 🥇
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#tokyo2020 #beyond2020 #tokyoolympics2020 #olympics #paralympics #biccamera #makingithappeninjapan
My dear mother-in-law, Diane @diran7979 is on her flight home to Michigan. We had an amazing 2 weeks together. Can’t believe it’s here and gone now. She had a wonderful time and said she felt like she was in a dream (many times). It was a big deal for her to visit, as I have mentioned before; she had never been out of Michigan or on a plane and took her first big leap to Japan. There’s so much to see and do here—so much to take in. It’s the perfect place to visit for your first time out of the country, and we were so proud and happy to show her around and take her to so many awe-inspiring places.
✨Memories for a lifetime.✨
We love you, Di. ♥️ (Gram Gram) 👵🏻👪
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#damian #babyd #family #weloveyou #motherinlaw #gramgram #awww #memoriesforalifetime #tokyojapan #akasakatokyo #roppongitokyo #tokyomidtown #makingithappeninjapan
My dear mother-in-law, Diane @diran7979 is on her flight home to Michigan. We had an amazing 2 weeks together. Can’t believe it’s here and gone now. She had a wonderful time and said she felt like she was in a dream (many times). It was a big deal for her to visit, as I have mentioned before; she had never been out of Michigan or on a plane and took her first big leap to Japan. There’s so much to see and do here—so much to take in. It’s the perfect place to visit for your first time out of the country, and we were so proud and happy to show her around and take her to so many awe-inspiring places. ✨Memories for a lifetime.✨ We love you, Di. ♥️ (Gram Gram) 👵🏻👪 . . . #damian  #babyd  #family  #weloveyou  #motherinlaw  #gramgram  #awww  #memoriesforalifetime  #tokyojapan  #akasakatokyo  #roppongitokyo  #tokyomidtown  #makingithappeninjapan 
We had a great last full day with Mama Ball going to Odaiba and riding the Ferris wheel, as well as window shopping at Venus Fort mall. They have the most beautiful ceiling as usual, but really went all out for the holidays. 🎡🔮✨
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#odaiba #ferriswheel #tokyojapan #venusfortodaiba #venusfort #makingithappeninjapan