Summer Journal #3 – Hokkaido

Happy Friday!

So a couple of days ago, I posted photos from the first half of our adventures in Japan.  Today I have pictures from the second half of our trip.

After spending a few days in Tokyo doing some shopping, sightseeing, getting together with family, and going to a festival, we hopped on a plane to Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan.  Hideko’s father was from a small town there, so we went to his hometown and were joined by more family and together we visited his grave (ohakamairi).

After that, we did some sightseeing and went to an onsen (hot spring hotel) where we basically hung out in pajamas for two days taking hot baths in natural spring water and eating lots of food.  Awesome huh?

On the road again

Yuki took almost all her naps on us while we were traveling (on buses or trains).  She was literally a HOT MESS.  Ugh.



Hokkaido miso ramen

This was the sweetest, juiciest, most delicious melon I’ve EVER HAD.  Each melon costs $38.


Cool light fixtures in our hotel.

Our room

Our monkey

Super cold river!!

And then we were finally on our way back home.

Flying into Narita

And after hours and hours and hours of traveling, we arrived safely back in San Francisco.  It was a great trip, but it felt sooooo good to be home.

I wish I could have taken pictures of the gorgeous hot springs, especially the ones outside (think HOT natural bath surrounded by beautiful trees and mountainside), but that would have been pretty awkward (did I mentioned that everyone is completely nekkid in the baths??)

Anyways, thanks for coming along with me on my little Japan recap.  Although we had a ton of fun and everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped for, it certainly was not easy.  We had plenty of meltdowns (and not just the baby), jet lag totally kicked our butts and we resorted to all sorts of things we never thought we’d do just to get through the day.  We learned a lot about traveling with a toddler and I’ll try to share some of those things soon.

And I promise that I’ll get back to sewing posts eventually.  I just don’t know when.  🙂

Have a great weekend, wherever you are!!

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Summer Journal #2 – Tokyo!

A couple of weeks ago we took a family trip to Japan for Hideko’s father’s 15 year memorial.  It was a very quick 9 day trip and it flew by in a flash.  We spent a few days in Tokyo with Hideko’s immediate family (8 of us, total) and then flew up to Hokkaido to visit Hideko’s father’s hometown (where we were joined by some of his immediate family – at this point we became a group of 14) and then we spent 2 days at a natural hot spring hotel.

It was an amazing trip, but let me tell you, traveling with a toddler is not easy!  I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired, meltdowns were had by all, and we’re STILL trying to recover from jetlag.  Luckily, we had a lot of advice from you guys about traveling with a toddler (which I plan to do a post about at a later date), but we also had family with us at all times and that was a HUGE lifesaver.

Usually when I travel I’m a total shutterbug, but having a little one to chase after really held me back.  I think I only busted out my DSLR on 2 days.  Thank goodness for phone cameras!  As I was posting the pictures, I realized there were too many for one post and my poor computer was struggling to keep up with me.  So here are some photos from the first half of our trip in Tokyo.  Most of the photos are iPhone pics that have been “instagrammed.”  Hope you enjoy!

Cousins waiting at the airport before our 10+ hour flight to Japan

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Tokyo train

Yuki wearing her new jinbei before her first Japanese festival

Tanabata Festival in Hiratsuka


Parade of dancers

Watching from the sidelines with her new friend


Taxis (they wait in line at stations and people wait in a line too, so everyone gets a cab in the order that they came)

Some gorgeous Nani Iro fabric that I bought in Nippori.

I read about Justine’s fabric shopping trip here and got some advice from the very awesome Novita of verypurpleperson about where to fabric shop in Tokyo.  Unfortunately I had VERY little time, so I only got to go to one (huge) store.  I wish I could have spend the whole day there, but it was cool to check out the “Textile Town” – it was somewhere I’d never been before!  I did get a few more fabrics besides this, but you’ll have to wait and see those come out in various projects since I didn’t photograph them.  What do you think I should make with these??  The bottom one is a super soft knit and the top two are a super soft double gauze.  I can’t imagine cutting into any of them!!!


Oh, how I LOVE convenience stores in Japan.  They are just so freakin’ fantastic (and yes, I took a bite of that bread before I took the picture).

The view from 52 floors up.

Haneda Airport.  And we’re off to Hokkaido!!

Stop by (hopefully) later this week for the rest of our adventures in Japan 🙂

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Summer Journal #1

Summer is in full swing and things are busier than ever – except this busy, is the GOOD kind of busy. So while I wish I could do it all – spend time with my family and sew and blog – my priorities are exactly in that order, so sewing has slowed down and blogging has almost stopped.

Meg at decided to start a summer journal through her blog and instagram and invited others to join in. During the summer months when kids are home from school, I guess projects and blogging takes a back seat for a lot of people. So she’s doing simple photo centered posts about what she and her family are up to – as she says, “a little window into our summer days.” I thought it’d be fun to share some fun family photos of mine, since I don’t have time to blog, but I’m addicted to Instagram.

So here are some pics from the last couple of weeks. I won’t explain each one, but the short version is – camping, a solo trip to LA to meet baby Logan and hang out with my dad, escaping the San Francisco fog, lots of family time and lots of fun!

Oh, and I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you who responded to my This Summer post with suggestions for traveling with a toddler. I really really appreciate all the great ideas and encouraging words and I know that your advice will be invaluable when we travel. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!!

Hope you are doing well! Enjoy the photos!

Happy summer to you!