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Hi! I’m Renee and I’m a working, Asian-American mom living in Japan with my husband and daughter. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, and shooting film for my vlogs.

This site mainly houses my blog for now, but I do plan on creating a sub-domain for my photography in the near future. I write about everyday things, usually silly stuff about my daughter, and then occasionally I will write about more serious topics that are important to me. I have those on the back burner. I have plenty to write about, but due to time constraints, I post whatever I can.

So I guess for now, dear reader, you can look forward to the following topics:

  • Daycare and elementary school in Japan
  • My photography journey (where I also share my tips and best practices)
  • Grocery shopping adventures in Japan
  •  The challenges of being an Asian-American mother (who looks Japanese but does not speak nihongo) in Japan, and being married to a half-Japanese husband
  • Clothing in Japan – not a friendly place for the plus-sizes
  • My battle with anxiety
  • My journey on becoming an independent author
  • And more!

Thank you so much for visiting! 🙂

P.S.: “About page” worthy photo coming soon! (I hope)



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