Tara Kamiya


Japanese New Year decoration
Japanese New Year Decoration

Thank you for all of your kind words and encouragement. I am not getting deported!

My visa to stay in Japan has been renewed for another 3 years.

After a few weeks of paperwork completion, I was given my new resident card which expires around this time in 2018.

I came back to the immigration office in the month of October and was informed that I would be allowed to stay……after I sat in a  waiting room for about 2 hours. I guess it’s their version of jail.LOL

It was similar to any other waiting room; a TV, books, soft seats, commercial carpeting and others there waiting as well. When they first mentioned that I would be in a room for  2 hours I was shaking. Here I am, exhausted. Here I am with a 7 month old. Here I am, with my husband and 2 year old. Here I am staring into space…..hoping my husband is translating correctly. Sometimes he glosses over details and I end up looking like an idiot. It’s expected at this point. My husband is really easy going, a little too much sometimes and I honestly have not seen him worry but a handful of times in 6 years.

After about 2 hours they let me out, have me sign some final documents and urge me not to forget my paperwork again. I was allowed to stay based on the fact that I have family here. Three kids to be exact who are all citizens of Japan. My kids actually have two passports.

Scary stuff man! I made it though. And just when I though things would not get any scarier, I hear about all of these events around the world. My family members who live in NY were just in Paris. I am beyond shocked. Beyond thankful. It is so important for everyone to realize that no matter what is going on, somebody is wishing they were in your shoes. Wishing their circumstances were different.

Wishing all of  you health and well being for the year ahead.

Tara K.

6 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. so glad to hear all is well. i was thinking of you and your family just yesterday. please make a youtube video soon.

  2. Happy New Year Tara! Still following your blog … Glad to hear everything worked out for you with the scary paperwork incident. Blessings to you and your family


  3. Tara san,

    Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu.

    Wishing you and your family all the best for 2016.
    Glad to know that your visa has been renewed for three years.
    I know all this kind of problems since I live more than 45 years in the foriegn country. Acutally I’m visiting my daughter in Maldvies ialnd where she works and leaving for Paris next Tuesday and then going back to Benin in West Africa.
    I live in Benin since 1979 since my husband is Beninese.
    Anyhow you’re very brave woman and so ganbatte kudasai for your kids.
    Warm hugs.


    I like NY and go very often there.

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