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For a few years now, I’ve learned to sit down, shut up and listen. I do that for a bit, then I write.

Moving to Japan

Moving to Japan

In March 2010, my family and I boarded a plane to Japan. We were moving there for the last three years of my military career. After a series of connections, and a chance meeting with snowboarder Shaun White in customs but no proof, we safely made it to our hotel room a world away from home. Our lodging on the base overlooked the Sasebo River and faced the Sasebo Seaside Park. It was late.

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We were still wide awake at four in the morning. We pulled back the room curtains and saw a fish market already awake, too. We got dressed and crossed the river on foot to see what they’d caught. I was impressed with hot and cold drinks from the same vending machine, but who knew what I would receive. What’s the difference between “Tasty”, “Vintage” and “Advanced”? I’m still not sure. I’ve traveled a bit so I can guess what “European” tastes like.

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There wasn’t much to see since nothing else was open so we crossed the bridge again and went back to our room. This was our view until we moved into a Japanese cho 45 days later. Our introduction to Japan.

We're All Connected

We're All Connected

Sailing Away

Sailing Away

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