This is a story about an international couple raising and home educating three young boys on a small island in Japan, half living in buses, engaged in organic, self-sufficient farming in the middle of a mountain forest while dealing with climate, cultural, and personal challenges. These pages are about pretty much anything and everything all guided by our family motto, Taking Chances, Making Changes, Being Happy. Thank you very much for joining us on our ongoing crazy adventure.

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- Earthquake in Japan. Today an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, north of Tokyo. Following the earthquake was a ten meter tsunami which slammed into the cost and wiped out entire towns. We are in Nara in the Kansai area of Japan. This is quite a distance from Tokyo and actually we could not feel anything at the house.
USGS - Real Time Worldwide Earthquake Information
Google Relief Information
Wikipedia - earthquake and tsunami
- Earthquake in Japan - continued. Things continue to deteriorate in communities outside of Tokyo. To make matters worse, the nuclear power station appears to be leaking radiation. This event has profoundly affected the Japan people, especially the elderly. Although Japanese people are extremely resilient, older Japanese feel like this is the beginning of the end of what Japan used to be. It is evident this tragedy is on the minds of everyone in this neighborhood, but in typical Japanese fashion, no one is really talking about it.
- House - Beginning of Spring Party. We really wanted this to be an outside party but still not quite warm enough. Many temperature wooses in our group.