I am currently in Tokyo with the entire Fuji family. We’ve been here since June 14th, and only have a couple of days left until we return to the US. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you might know that I’ve been returning to Japan each year for short visits after moving back to the US from Tokyo four years ago. (Wow, has it been that long?) But this is the first time we’ve been able to make it work to bring the Fujilings along. Mr. Fuji comes every summer on a business trip, and we were finally able to find enough airline tickets together using miles to bring us all out! Every time I return, Japan alway feels like home, but this trip feels even more so. Having the kids with us, having play dates for the kids, and doing familiar things like pushing a stroller through crowded streets all makes it feel like “we’re back.”
I thought I would put together some videos to give you a better look at the place I love so much. One of the hardest parts of putting this new video series together has been coming up with a name that I liked. I went back and forth over a million ideas and nothing felt right. Then last week I was with my friend Noriko and she suggested the word 珍道中 (“chindouchuu”—an incident-filled journey) as part of the title. Perfect! In a way, I think that chindouchuu describes my entire site. Each post represents some little experience/incident along the way, often represented in recipe form. I’m a very nostalgic person, and so the thought of sharing the little bits of Japan that I love really resonates with me. I find that the joy in life often comes from through the little, seemingly insignificant, things. So that’s the Japan I’m going to be sharing with you through this series—the little bits that I think make Japan so special. The little bits that help show why I love this country so much! Let’s start out with arriving in Japan. Going from Narita International Airport to Tokyo can be an overwhelming experience the first time you do it. Tokyo, a metropolis of about 36 million people, can be a bit of an assault on the senses. There is just so much to take in. But I’ve learned to love the structure and beauty found within the seemingly crazy chaos.