Tara Kamiya


The Kamiya family is wishing you a happy and prosperous new year. 

Last night we made vision boards. There are so many things that we want for ourselves. Sometimes it can be difficult to nail down which goal we want to tackle first. 

Sometimes goal setting is more than just writing things down. There is a psychology to success. I find most people struggle with the deserving part.

Being in a space where you feel like you are good enough and deserve things like a Hellcat can be the biggest barrier. I try to raise my children to understand that they don’t have to do anything to deserve love and you don’t have to be anyone special to have nice things right now.

Our biggest goal as a family for 2019 was to change our lives. Japan had become stale. Stagnant if you will. We all wanted a change. So many things going on in our lives were not planned and we felt ourselves living a life that was inauthentic. I speak mostly of my husband and myself.

The children are happy if we are happy. I’ve come to realize that. Although Japan provided a gentle start for my children and is a nice place to live we were certain that we did not want them to grow up there for all of their years. Now that we’ve moved back to The States we’re crafting a new lifestyle. 

I’m watching my very Japanese family struggle with food, language and lifestyle. Much like I did when I moved to Japan 7 years ago. Actually I am pretty lucky that I love Japanese food and learned to make quite a few dishes. Food aside expat life is hard. I’m not even confident that there is much I can do to ease their transition. Nevertheless, here we are. This is expat life and I am so happy to be back on my blog welcoming you into 2020 and sharing with you our journey as a family.

Be Well,

Tara Kamiya

2 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2020

  1. Dear Tara,
    I have been following your journey, both as a family as well as your own personal journey, with interest. As a migrant with a family history of thrice transplanted cultures and intermarriage spanning multiple generations, I am fascinated by the migrant experience and otherness which I think enriches both the individual as well as society. Diversity and mixed heritage make the world a beautiful place.
    Kids are resilient. In some ways, I think we coped and adapted better than our parents did – a common experience for child migrants – while respecting our heritage. It was made possible through their love and support, and personal sacrifices!
    I wish you and your husband and children much love and happiness in 2020 and beyond, in your life back in America.
    Warm regards,

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