Jesse’s Birthday

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Jun 042017

So it was my Birthday. Not saying my age because I stopped counting. So there is that.


Akiva and Haga were on separate school trips, so we didn’t celebrate much on my birthday.  Kenaz and I hung out and ate ice cream after school.


On the following Saturday, we hung out around the house, did some gardening, and had a great sushi party at night.
sushi party

And cake.


Next day… beach.

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And after beach, went to Costco… pizza and sauerkraut.

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The Four Questions (and Mid-Spring Update)

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Apr 112017

Akiva sang The Four Questions (he didn’t use transliteration).


10 guests… that’s the largest Sedar I have ever hosted.  Haga cut her finger the day before; it was bleeding.  That meant two things; 1) she poured her blood into our food, and 2) I had to do most of the cooking.



Yam and Apple dish and the brisket stew.  I went downtown and found a Korean store.  There I asked them where I can find some brisket.  They took me to a butcher nearby.  Note for next year: I can order online from The Meat Guy; check to see prices.


They didn’t like the soup but the Matzoh balls were good.  Note for next year: put salt in the soup.  Successful MB recipe: for 14 people, need 2 cups M. meal.  Ratio: 1 cup M.meal, 4 eggs, 1/4 olive oil, 1/4 stock. done.


As International Jews, we can borrow from sephardic traditions.  Therefore, with homemade Hummus shall we eat it.


New Italian-Jewish dish.  Don’t know what it’s called.  Lots of chopped eggplant, 1 can tomatoes, raisins, 1.5 carrots, a little vinegar, onions, garlic, etc.


Before, two weeks ago, went on trip to Isa-Shima.  We did BBQ at a campsite.  It was cold and wet.  Kids and I also tried to row a kayak on a very windy day.  I wanted to through them into the water.  But under my leadership, we paddled back to shore.

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Akiva 12 years old

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Feb 112017


Akiva became 12 years old.


We cerebrated his birthday eating our family party food, sushi hand roll.


Akiva had a birthday party at trampoline place.



Akiva now in middle school has been very active.


He is a member of school soccer team.


He is a defender, plays center-back.


He is a member of basketball too.


Although he often complains how less time he gets to play ipad, he is healthy and strong and doing well in the second year of living Japan.

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Winter Battles and Home Based Recovery

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Jan 142017

We bought a house. We have lived in it for two weeks. It’s a cheap fixer-upper. It’s old. But we got a house. And we have a back yard. So soon, I will have the kids spend many hours digging there. They’ll be more pics and updates on this later.

Our first dinner at the new house, in the tatami room.





Today was the first snow.


We went to a nearby park to battle.









We are also getting into nerf gun battles.

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The various happenings of Fall

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Dec 052016

We have not updated the record of late. Apologies to all.

Here is the news for the Covners in Japan, in Fall of 2016.

First of all, two happy birthdays!



And… a celebration of magical spirit gourds. !



We are thankful for being healthy.  Living in a good place.  The love of our family.  The beautiful Earth God has provided for us.



Kenaz had an art exhibit at his after-school community art club.




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Craving Hamburger

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Oct 172016


We went to watch an opening game of Nagoya dolphin diamonds basketball team.


We wanted to eat hamburgers for dinner. We went to handsomburger which has a good reputation in Fushimi. However, they closed at 3:00 on Saturday.


The owner recommended to other burger place a beer pub BRICK LANE in walking distance. We liked their burger (and beer).

We started to look for burger restaurants close our home.

Brother 69 is a long bicycle distance from our house. Maybe not burger, hopefully Jesse can find some food to write a review….

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Utsumi Beach in Aichi

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Oct 172016


Our favorite beach in Aichi is Utsumi beach!


It is fun to go in summer.kimg0016 kimg0021

It is even fun to go in Fall.kimg0214





At the end of beach trip, we always stop by Costco.

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September-Birthday Month

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Oct 172016

Kenaz had a fun birthday party with his friends.


Jesse made a Kenaz’s favorite brownie.  kimg0134

Kenaz was so happy. He couldn’t stop jumping!kimg0128 kimg0126 kimg0129

and my birthday…


My birthday night, Typhoon Malakas arrived with strong, winds, rains, and risk of flooding. We had alert to prepare for the evacuation.


Late night rain stopped. We went to the closest river. The water level was very hight.

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Summer – BBQ, Projects and etc

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Aug 102016

I had a translation job for International Baccalaureate program workshop in Tokyo. During the 5 days, kids went to a space science center by 10 minutes walking from my parents house. The science museum offered different projects every day.IMG_1849They experimented a law of the pendulum,
IMG_1845created a pathfinder by recycle materials,
IMG_1839made super bouncy balls, and others…

We did BBQ several times. Yokohama Costco is not far from my parents house. We did hamburger, seafood, and Korean style. Kenaz had to make giant s’mores every BBQ.IMG_1828

Shi-chan and Naho-chan got older. They had school and other school related commitments. Akiva and Kenaz couldn’t hang around with their cousins as much as they wanted.


We went to see Kabuki for kids in Tokyo Art Theater.

We did a little Tokyo tour around the theater.
IMG_1622There are so many bugs in Japanese summer. Akiva and Kenaz always get into Japanese rhinoceros beetle. They woke up 3 am to catch beetles in camphor forest. They caught so many different cicadas. They can sneak up cicada on the tree trump and use their two fingers to catch it without a net.

We went to see my grandma, 98 years old. She remembered vividly the time she visited us in Shanghai when she was 86 years old.IMG_1605While kids went to a local public school for one month. My mum and I manage to have some fun. 3 years after her back operation, she is doing great. She was even nominated to compete a game for air blowgun which she started for her rehabilitation.

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