Happy Anniversary, married 8 years!

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Wedding in Japan

Hard to believe I have been married for 8 years. When we were featured on the show Four Weddings, we had already been married for a year. First we got married at City Hall in NYC and then the next year we decided to have a small eco friendly wedding. A year after that we had another ceremony in Japan.

Doing the reality show was a fun time for me. I learned a lot about my strengths as a personality. You can watch me on Season 2, Episode 1. We are still one of the most popular shows worldwide. When a friend mentioned that she had seen us on TV in Spain I was floored!

The years are flying by. So many changes and so many challenges.

“We are moving to Japan.”

“Honey, that is not detergent.”

“How much debt do you have?”

” I think you should be a stay at home mom.”

“What do you think about life in Cambodia?”

Tara from 4 weddings

Tara from 4 Weddings

Many things come your way when you are a couple. Then you become a family and there are even more decisions to make. We now have three children.

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We don’t really celebrate our anniversary because we have a few to celebrate, but also, we try to celebrate a good life together just by being good to each other. I hope you are having a great week.

Be Well,

Tara Kamiya

 

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Tanabata Japanese Star Festival

A couple of years ago when my little one brought home some blank strips of paper I was perplexed. He was not really able to articulate what I was supposed to do with them and I was clueless. Although I was interested in Japan and had studied Japanese before moving to Japan, it is impossible to know or even remember every festival and holiday. Today is Tanabata.

Tanabata

Tanabata Paper Strips

Now I know what to do with those little strips of paper. Tanabata is the star festival and is celebrated on July 7th as well as August 7th in some regions.The origins go back to China and the legend says that two stars/lovers were separated and can meet once a year during the 7th month on the 7th day.

Make a wish

Make a wish

Children and Adults write their wishes on strips of colored paper and hang them on bamboo branches.

Tanabata Bamboo Tree

via youinjapan.net

Walking around town you can see huge trees of wishes hanging in shops and schools. When you see these “wish trees” all over town, you know that summer has begun. It is also a hopeful sign for students that summer vacation will soon start.

Japanese Fireworks

Hanabi (fireworks)

We don’t celebrate many of the festivals and holidays here in Japan. I feel super guilty about that, but the culture shock is never ending. I am finally starting to feel like I live here, but it is a long road yet.

The children help me along a lot because they are growing up here and it’s all they know. I feel so happy when I see the children enjoying everything. Their first hand experiences are mine as well.



This year my son asked me to write a wish on the paper that I am not quite sure what it means. We are at that stage now when he has become my translator and I have become his. It is quite funny. There are so many things that we don’t talk about in our everyday, that you never know what vocabulary is going to pop up and leave us a bit confused.

I hope you all had a good holiday where you are. Thank you for all of your support!

Be Well,

Tara Kamiya

 

 

 

 

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4 Scenarios when your family needs Legal Help

Life isn’t perfect. Most adults will tell you that we can expect just as many unfortunate situations to complement the fortunate ones. Whether it’s work stresses, family problems or just lack of energy, sometimes, life gets you down. Sometimes your family needs legal help.

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Fortunately, in life, we aren’t alone. We always have help at our disposal to combat any problems that may befall us. Whether it’s family, friends or a third party, it’s a comfort to know that we don’t have to do things alone.

This in mind, I’d like to offer you some nuggets of advice. When life’s problems strike and they’re more severe than ‘there’s no milk in the fridge’, perhaps it’s wise to make a legal case. So, here are four when your family needs legal help.

Please note that not this article does not claim to represent professional legal advice. Just use these tips to make an informed decision for yourself!

If someone is injured and it wasn’t your family’s fault

There are dozens of scenarios that can result in this predicament. Maybe your prescription medication had adverse side effects. Perhaps you went on a family adventure out to the theme park, and the toilet floor wasn’t correctly mopped. Whether it was you, your kids or your partner, the choice is yours whether you take matter further with an injury lawyer.

Above all else, it might be wise to draw attention to the issue. Who knows how many families could have a similar accident to yours? By placing some legal attention on the matter at hand, the company in question will be more likely to solve the issue, out of fear

When there’s a rift in your family

Lawyers and solicitors can offer more than just pure legal advice – they can help you mediate too. If there’s a problem between two or more family members which could have legal ramifications, a lawyer can help you reach a resolution.

If your relatives aren’t happy with a will

This one is a common issue. Perhaps your estate wasn’t divided as equally as the recipients would have liked. If your family begins to argue over the will of a recently deceased loved one, it may be a good idea to seek legal aid.

This will accomplish two things. One, it will tell you if the deceased person’s estate was not divided equally, by law. In this case, a fair decision can be reached about who gets what. Secondly, it may raise questions as to the validity of the documents in question. Were they written fairly? Did someone place an influence over the will-writer? Time will tell!

If you want to adopt

Adopting a child is among the most noble and selfless acts a person can perform – but it’s not without its pitfalls. Whether it’s an international adoption or a multi-child adoption, it’s wise to brush up on your rights with the help of a lawyer.

The adoption process involves the signing of several important documents, so you can seek advice on what these all mean. It’s a tricky process, but ultimately, the outcome is rather rewarding. Don’t be afraid to go for it!

I hope this helps you make some clear decisions about your situation.

Thank you for reading.

Be Well!

Tara Kamiya

*This is a contributed post approved by Tara Kamiya

 

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Summer is Coming! Plan ahead for Family Fun

Summer is coming, and what better time to start making plans for family fun! If you’ve planned for time off work, now is the time to think about days out, educational activities and vacations. If you’re worried about battling boredom or filling days without spending a fortune, here are some ideas.

Vacations

If you have a vacation booked, you’re probably counting down the days until you hit the road or take to the skies. If you haven’t already booked anything, and you’re hoping to go away, you may be able to get some great last-minute deals. Search online for hotels and flights. If you can’t afford to go abroad, why not have a staycation? You could embark on a road trip or rent a beach house? Alternatively, why not hire an RV and go camping in the great outdoors?

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Days Out

The school holidays are long. Even if you’re going away for a couple of weeks, you still have plenty of time to fill. Days out are a fantastic way to give everyone something to look forward to and spend quality time together. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a fabulous day out. Pack up a picnic and take it to the park. Grab your wetsuits, pack a lunch and hit the beach. Go for a nature walk or visit some local museums. If you’re working, you could try and make arrangements with siblings or friends. One day you could take the kids and the next, they could have them for you. This means that you don’t need to use all your holiday, and the kids will still have a great time.

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Summer Camp

If you work and you’re worried about child care or your kids getting bored in the summer, why not consider summer camp? Summer camp is a fantastic way for children to access all kinds of fun activities, meet new friends and learn to live more independently. It may be daunting to wave goodbye to your children, but this is a really valuable experience. At summer camp, no two days are the same. It’s likely that your kids will return desperate to regale you with tales of adventure and unforgettable experiences.

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Quality time at home

In the summer holidays, it’s highly likely that you’ll have at least a few days of chilling out at home. Just because you’re at home, this doesn’t mean that your days will be uneventful. Get out in the garden and play some games. Splash around in the pool or blow up a shallow wading  pool. Invite friends over for a light lunch. If it’s raining outside, don’t let this ruin your plans for a day of family fun. Get your aprons on and create a feast. Grab the paints and make a family masterpiece. Dress up and pretend you’re at the shop. Make up stories or try and make a model village out of boxes and packets. There are endless activities out there if you’re willing to be a little creative and imaginative.

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Summer is coming. This may be great news, but it can also be daunting for parents. If you’re worried about keeping the kids entertained, keep a few of these suggestions in mind. Most importantly, have a fantastic summer together!

Thank you for reading. This is a sponsored post that I was happy to share on my blog.

Be Well,

Tara Kamiya

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