a swedish househusband’s stories from japan

a best friend

Sometimes I am woken up at six am by a little finger poking my face and a voice energetically saying bumbum bumbum, and before I …
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vaccine

I’ve been dreaming about this day for over a year, wondering how I would feel; would the stress diminish, would my outlook on the future …
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now mountain

From our house, the first thing we see in the morning when we open the curtains, and the last ting we see at night while …
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喜怒哀楽

Having a baby is being a student of human emotions. Every day I live in my son’s sea of feelings ranging from anger to absolute …
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obon

Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom that is celebrated each summer, where the particulars differs between different parts of Japan. My wife explains it as …
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eggs in the garden

In front of our house, we have a little vegetable garden. Or maybe that is a bit too much to say – we are planning …
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sommarlov

Being a parent of a baby going to hoikuen, kindergarten, is a very labeling experience, literally. Every room at the hokiuen has a name, and …
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the heat is on

I had been looking forward to the Olympics. We were living in Tokyo, pregnant with our baby, applying for tickets, talking about the the joy …
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a future career

Moving to a new house has meant a lot of IKEA furniture. Coming from Sweden and moreover from a town very close to the first …
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tanabata

Not long ago I found use for the bamboo growing next to our house when we were celebrating Swedish Midsummer. This week it was Japan’s …
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battle of wills

When I saw the image of the bicycle on the used items sales site, it was love at first sight. When imagining what bicycle me …
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a different midsummer

Being the first summer living in a house with a little garden in Japan, being father of a son having just turned one, I wanted …
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