Tara Kamiya


Hi everyone! I am doing well.


The morning sickness is gone and I have tons to share with you.Videos, etc, so you can pay some attention to this blog again.LOL

Omanto Festival Family Photo

After 5 months of moving to a small town in Japan I have begun to get home sick for food and mobility. I still have not learned to drive here yet although it is scheduled it will never be the same as the independence you have in a big city. I also miss some western food. It’s the crap I miss, I cannot lie, but it is what it is. When you are pregnant you want some comforts from home.

Here is a quick list of what I cannot find:

  • biscuits
  • cottage cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • grits
  • oatmeal
  • cheese snacks like cheese doodles that do not taste sweet
  • chocolate chip cookies
  • brownies
  • Latin food
  • Greek food
  • real Indian food

My husband informed me after going to an Italian restaurant in his town that I was indeed spoiled because I am from New York City. And he is so right. I sat in the restaurant and had to laugh at myself. I thought to myself, I was sure to have the same problem if I moved to Podunk in my own country.

So, at this point all I can do is have care packages sent for a few things and just wait until I can visit home for the rest. Even if I could visit home right now, I really couldn’t because I am pregnant.LOL

For the most part most of the rice in our town is cut and our rice should be in house in a few days. Most people in this area have a company come and cut it for them. The machine is really expensive if you are not a serious rice farmer for profit it is not really worth it. So we use a service.

My Japanese learning was on hold while I was sick, but now I have passion again to learn. Especially since my mother in law’s family is so nice. My goal is to be able to speak to them unassisted during the holidays. My understanding is improving, but I need to really make myself use sentences! It is frustrating because Japanese is not a language that translates well at all!

If you recently watched The Lorax just know that in Japanese it is Lorax Ojisan = Uncle Lorax. This is so funny to me because it is a strong indicator of the culture of the language.

I have so many thoughts. I also plan to share a lot about the health care system here for pregnant women and children. FYI: Baby is the size of an avocado!

Until next time….

4 thoughts on “UPDATES FOR OCTOBER

  1. Hello Tara!
    I found your videos on youtube about natural birth and started watching tons of other videos from there. You’re so beautiful and have great style. I love the pastel nails, glossy lips and 1960s vibe you have in your “natural birth experience and suggestions” video.

    I’m also a non-Japanese girl living in Japan. I just got married last month, so watching your videos is a great way to learn about some aspects of living and raising kids here. Good luck to you!

    About this post… I don’t usually eat junk food, but I know what you mean about having the occasional craving that can’t be satisfied by anything you can buy in Japan! Those puffy edamame snacks remind me of cheese puffs (cheese doodles) and are not sweet at all. Try those if you’re craving something salty like that. It’s not cheese-flavoured, but I feel like it does the trick.

    Do you have an email address? I didn’t see one on your blog. Anyway, best of luck to you Tara! I’m excited to see your next child soon! Your first little guy is so adorable.
    Take care!

  2. Thanks so much for reading.

    I am changing to a new email, I will notify you as soon as I can of the new addy.

    Be well, and I hope to share lots more with you!

  3. Having read this I thought it was very informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this content together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading
    and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

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