Welcome to the mix!

Moving to Japan in 2006, I had no idea I would meet my hubby, Hitoshi and stay three years. Moving to Canada meant hubs could experience my birth country, as we had agreed when we got engaged. I didn’t expect we’d still be here so many years later!

after Shinto wedding ceremony

after our Shinto wedding ceremony, Mount Tsukuba, Japan many years ago

Family, photos and food are top loves. So are travel, singing nonstop, dancing, walking just because, going carless, being outside, a proud rainstorm, hiking, cupcakes, laughing until breathless, silly jokes about interrupting cows and cinqing cats, and chocolate truffles.

My unsolicited advice is to live in another country at least once in your life. If that’s not possible, move cities or towns. If that’s beyond scope, move to the side of town you’d never want to be. And finally, if even that is beyond reality, imagine instead and find out all you can about somewhere you know nothing about in the hopes that walls can be broken and people can live amongst each other and their delicate environments with a little more love.

looking over the water, Japan

Abuto Kanon, Fukuyamashi, Hiroshima, Japan

A natural fit

Mixing is part of my life. While I’m a third-generation Canadian, my background is mostly English on one side and Romanian and Ukrainian on the other. My Japanese husband and I are figuring out how to help our child straddle multiple cultures and our birth countries.

Curiosity for and learning about different cultures has been there for as long as I can remember. It was normal to grow up with grandparents who didn’t speak English as a first language, to celebrate two Christmases and two Easters, and for my friends to be from different cultural backgrounds. Language classes at school, international aka “foreign” films and music, travel within and outside Canada, and studying, volunteering and working internationally have felt like natural requirements for living my life.

Sensoji Temple complex at dusk

Sensoji Temple complex at dusk, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

What will you find here?

This space is a lifestyle blog with a cultural base.

It’s a place to celebrate Japan because I think everyone should go if they can. Recipes, reviews, family stories, travel tips and even the occasional English podcast have a place.

I also think Canada should be on your must visit list. Hitoshi’s Japanese podcast talks about his life in Canada and I have big plans to eventually have as much content as the Japan side.

Inspiring readers with my photos is one of my long-term goals. Taking photography classes is one way of getting better.

Travel to other places along with the adventures of travel with a baby, blogging thoughts and a dash of daily life also have a spot in the blog.

jumping off straw bale

straw bale jumping at a corn maze in Canada

I am excited to hear what you have to say. Finding out what other people think and how they see the world is a treat.

Thank you for being here and I look forward to seeing you and your words soon!



19 thoughts on “About

  1. I just found your blog (… landing here after checking out a recipe, of all things!) and it really speaks to me! I’m French, husband is Chinese, we are living in Canada (he has been there much longer than me, though) and we have a four-year-old boy who is a mix of our three cultures. Life is… interestingly puzzling 😆

    I’ll be back reading properly later, it’s late tonight 🙂

  2. I love your blog! I moved to the US and married my husband, who has never been to the other end of the world! I’m so excited to be able to bring him, one day. Cross-cultural relationships are so crazy, sometimes it gets so hard and frustrating, but is definitely well worth it!! I would make the same decision every time. 🙂

    By the way, thank you for supporting The Dollhouse Diaries and being a subscriber. We have officially moved to http://www.mrsjoyle.com and would love for you to move with us and subscribe there. I promise the same content, but with even more dedication. Thank you!!

  3. Hi, I am so glad I stumbled upon this lovely blog of yours through link in The Daily Post. I share your view that each person should travel, live in different places in the country or abroad, this broadens our vision as well as enriches our life in a whole many ways. The fun as well as concerns of moving away from our home town to unknown destinations and making those new destinations home and then again venturing to explore new places to call home needs to be experienced to understand it fully.
    Blogs too take us on a journey where one is transported from place to place through the articles and posts that one reads. I am so gonna like visiting and going through your site and posts. Nice connecting here!

    • Thank you and it’s nice to meet you, too! Although *hanging head* it’s been a tad far too long to reply, eh?! Stopping blogging for a week turned into several and then suddenly four months went by. 😀
      I agree that blogging is also a great way to travel through other lands and opinions and to meet incredible people from all over the place! I’m very excited at hopefully being able to connect with my first fellow blogger next month.
      Have a great week!

  4. I am happy visiting your Multi Culture, Multi Country Blog.
    I was more happy to know of your views and of your life.
    So, one can be and can live like that.
    I was most happy when I read your first chapter on this post “Welcome to Mix”.
    That is a great idea and a plan you are giving. I vote for it.
    That strengthens relationships and gives scope to love more and more.
    I feel I should come here often.
    So,I follow and welcome you to my blog

    • Thanks for stopping by! Yes, multi is a great descriptor. I think I take a lot of what I do/am for granted… it just seems normal. I haven’t figured out yet how to share some of my perspectives because of this but perhaps I shall be inspired if I start at the beginning. 🙂 I shall pop by your site as well. Enjoy your day!

    • Thank you! I’m still trying to solidify my approach and it’s wonderful to get feedback. I agree… it definitely is a journey. I’ve only been able to check a few posts of yours but I enjoyed and appreciated what I’ve seen so far. As with what others said, the grandmother in the airport is one wise woman.

  5. THanks for the follow that led me to your awesome blog. Super happy to follow back and looking forward to sharing your adventures. There is nothing more exciting than experiencing other cultures, it never ceases to challenge me, surprise and fascinate me. And raisng multicultural kids is a blessing, believe me 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m really excited to get to know you and your experiences better, too! We’ve been really excited lately to hear our toddler speaking both English and Japanese so effortlessly. I know hubby has been worried about confusion and such but I think that if we make it fun and normal, than our toddler will be a-okay. And agreed! Almost every day I think about moving somewhere else. It’s an amazing feeling (and a hard one to describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it) of living somewhere else, gaining confidence in day to day activities over time and being stretched, frustrated, confused and puzzled. And these feelings aren’t bad! It’s being on the edge of my comfort zone almost daily that makes me feel like I’m alive.

      • You sum it all up so perfectly! and all those mixed feelings are not disappearing over times.. Now that we are considering our next move, I have no idea of where I d love to be.. I wish I could patchwork my ideal place,something Eurasian maybe?… The more we travel, the more our family becomes the centre of everything, we ‘ve became a real team, always eager to discover a new place, excited like if we were going on a treasure hunt.
        Isn’t it fascinating to see your kid speaking both languages so easily? I love to listen to them zapping from a language to another. My kids have both started Mandarin, I am so impressed to hear them talking to their teacher. Not that I am far behind. At this stage, I am in a different galaxy.
        Cheers to the best travels ever, the ones with the ones we love most 🙂

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