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Kokochi
Interests: dav & tesla, wakame, katsuo, food, tokyo, sf, sustainability, six apart, burning man, strawberry, frontline.
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At Aila's kindergarten in Yokohama, they had a "lunch observation day" where parents could come see how their kids ate lunch. Since I was on Tesla's field trip, my mom went and took pics for me. She has been thrilled to finally have obento for lunch since I always make for Tesla, but it's not needed for Aila in S.F. When she came home with an empty bento box, I couldn't believe it since she's such a picky small eater, but my mom confirmed she ate most of it. Yay! Such a wonderful little school <3 Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Kokochi
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Tesla's class had a field trip while Tesla was attending her Yokohama school, and I joined because Tesla was a bit anxious. True to Yokohama, it was a tour of the old port city, starting in Chinatown, walking to Yamashita Park, Marine Tower, Hikawamaru old ocean liner, brick warehouse, then to Minato Mirai train station. Boy, did we walk (and instead of using escalators at train stations, we used only stairs!) As we approached the tall Yokohama Marine Tower, Tesla already hungry and tired from just getting there (and hot from the muggy weather) asked if there was an elevator... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Kokochi
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I was lucky enough to get to visit my friend and former colleague who now lives in Yokohama. She has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Kokochi
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Kids started a new school near my parents house. The transition has been bumpy for the kids. After having settled in Akita, I packed them up to restart the whole process in Yokohama, and culturally, the kids here are more reserved and shy, so the first 3 days, Tesla didn't really have much interaction with anyone. She kept a good attitude and didn't complain (so proud!). Aila on the other hand is at a super cute preschool with a lovely teacher who enthusiastically welcomes her everyday, but so far, everyday, Aila really doesn't want me to leave her there. Once... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Kokochi
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Some everyday pics from the beautiful town. KC's neighborhood, and a coffeeshop that didn't open until 11:30 (!!) so I sadly went for canned coffee from the machine. Park that requires adult supervision only if kids are under 6. The whole town had older kids running around playing on their own. Aila inspecting a bug. Our walk to preschool after we dropped off T. Part of the time we stayed at this hotel, the other part at KC's. The hotel had Japanese breakfast which the kids enjoyed too. The kids running off to school. A local shrine. Eating omurice (rice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Kokochi
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Catching up a bit here... I love these scenes from Tesla's last day at school in Akita. The kids and community were so open and welcoming, immediately reaching out to Tesla. (In comparison, now that we are in the Yokohama region, the kids seem more reserved and shy, making it slower to break the ice.) Tesla received many cards/notes from her short-term classmates, and her teacher made her a lovely picture of the whole class together. Thank you, Goshono Elementary School! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Kokochi
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There was a lot of prep to get kids settled into school and a daily rhythm, but by Wednesday, once I dropped kids off, I had alone time to dust off my running shoes and go for a run. Note...I don't run, and haven't run for years, but this month is about the kids in school so I figured if there was ever a time to get back running, it's now. Akita is flat, beautiful, and the rice paddies are just perfect. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Kokochi
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We've been very lucky to attend a wonderful preschool for Aila. Normally, it's hard to get into because it's reserved for families where both parents work, but thanks to KC's magic, the school welcomed Aila for a week. The staff is amazing, and the school has been lovely. From the 2nd day, when Aila and I arrived after dropping Tesla off at her school, Aila would pretty much run in (after doing the outside vs inside shoe exchange), saying "bye mama" without looking back. By Wednesday, when I arrived to pick up Aila, other kids who saw me would say,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Kokochi
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Thanks to KC, Tesla gets to attend Noi's elementary school for 1 week. The staff welcomed us with open arms, and I'm grateful for the the attention and warmth they are providing for Tesla. Frankly, Tesla can't follow much, but to experience the rhythm and be surrounded by Japanese words will be memorable indeed. And I have to say I'm really proud of Tesla for being open to this. While excited for a challenge, I'm sure she was nervous, but she just went along. Here is her meeting her teacher on Monday, and getting introduced to the class. She said... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Kokochi
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Kids and I are in Japan for our 1 month 体験留学 where the kids will attend Japanese school like a regul... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Kokochi
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I came home from a community meeting this morning to find Dav working in the garage, and Aila like this. She had gym class, and while I got the dino slippers off her, I let her wear the dino outfit to class. She was happy. The instructor didn't bat an eye : ) Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Kokochi
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Last Friday, I picked up Tesla at school, skipping the After School Program so we could have our 1:1 play date. I decided we'd go to the City Hall since it's rather fancy and open to the public. We went to the records office and looked up our house, seeing the kitchen remodel permit, and confirming so far, there have been no public complaints logged against the property : ) There were maybe 5 or 6 groups doing their wedding pictures. We then climbed the stairs, higher than I'd ever been, and we witnessed a wonderful actual ceremony going on,... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Kokochi
Aila carries around a backpack to preschool, to home, then to her bed. She doesn't need a backpack, but she likes to be like her sister and friends at Rosa Parks who all have backpacks. It's heavy. I've known it's full of, shall we say, various things. Today, I got GranMarie to video the excavation of Aila's backpack. What's in Aila's backpack? She carries this preschool everyday even tho it just sits on her cubby. from Kokochi on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Kokochi
Driving the girls home from school the other day, Tesla's conversation went to what happens to me when she is an adult. I told her I'd be her mother forever. She asked what would happen if she died? I replied I'd still be her mother, no matter what, and she would be in my heart. And in fact, always, both Tesla and Aila are in my heart, close to me. Aila then blurted out from her car seat, "we're NOT in your heart. We're right here. We're sitting back here." Indeed. Right here, right now. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Kokochi
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Today was Nihonmachi Little Friends' big performance day. For the first time, both Tesla and Aila are dancing. But, since Aila is a preschooler, I was supposed to drop Aila off 2 hours after dropping off Tesla. So, Aila and I went to brunch! Dav is prepping the video of Aila's adorable dance, and Tesla's energetic awesome dance. Having 2 kids in the performance was fun! Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Kokochi
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This past Sunday, Tesla participated in a Japanese speech contest where she spoke about things she likes all in Japanese. She practiced over a month every day, repeating until she was comfortable. We are so proud of her. She wrote her speech in English, then her teacher put it into Japanese. There were some new words for her. When she did the whole speech for the Regenbogens and Jessica, and they wanted to know what she said, so she interpreted it into English. I was so happy to see her thinking of her speech in Japanese, then sentence by sentence... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Kokochi
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This year Tesla pretty much knew how to set it up, but the difficulty was keeping Aila's toddler hands off of the delicate dolls. As much as they are "dolls" they are very expensive and made with such details that they are little art pieces. T made sakura mochi and origami hina dolls at school. Here is Aila's version from preschool. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Kokochi
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Aila's valentines to us family. She's so proud to write her name. Any time she spots an "a" it's A for Aila to her : ) I like how in this family portrait, I'm the tallest! Her note cracks me up. To Daddy: "Thank you for working, I like to go to work with you." Except she's never been to work with him. And for me, in Japanese, "Mama, chicken, broccoli, spicy, thank you!" I love this verbal but not really logical age of 3. She lives in such a rich imaginary world. Now that I have more breathing time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Kokochi
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Tesla has been taking gymnastics lessons. We watched a movie about Gabby Douglas, then the kids wanted to play gymnastics. Tesla got her doll out to do cool jumps and tricks, while Aila got her swimming suit on and did what she could on our furniture. Here is Tesla teaching her a move, then Aila reenacting. (Notice the holes in our walls. It's our house-wide insulation project which is worth while, but geez, we have holes everywhere on our relatively newly painted walls. You can see the shoji room divider that is trying to hide a wall of plastic that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Kokochi
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Now that I have more time, I try to pick up T at the end of school some Fridays, skipping after-school program. It's a nice snippet of time, when Aila isn't around since she's still at preschool, and I'm not tempted to do other tasks. We're out in town to have fun. Today, we went to Coit Tower. I hadn't been there forever. It was touristy, but a short and beautiful visit. Then we had ice cream, picked up Aila, and went home. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Kokochi
Hi Walt!! We were near GG park, so went to here: http://sanfrancyclo.com Tesla got a used bike for a nice deal. Aila's was new, and was more than double of Tesla's so wasn't cheap, but we went for it since she was so in love with it. Hugs!!
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The weather has been warm and enticing to get the kids out into the city. With the long weekend, we enjoyed Sunday evening; a tad late as we had to wait for Aila to wake up from her nap, but once up, Aila scootered and Tesla skateboarded along the embarcadaro. These are the moments I relish how our gals are growing up as S.F. city gals. Their casual memories of simple kid fun are at beautiful landmarks (the bridge lights, the water) with great food to grab (as we did at the Ferry Bldg.), and the open space for kids... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Kokochi
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Our biggest accomplishment is we bought a house in SF. Survived that with luck and a good agent! Aila started pre-school and loves it. Tesla is getting really creative and good at Minecraft : ) And Dav has enjoyed his work at Live Nation (albeit with a few surprises mixed in). Cheers to a new year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Kokochi
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The kids have 2 weeks off, and so does Dav, so we're all excited to do a staycation! Lorene is visiting, the tree is up, we have yummy dinner plans for Christmas eve, and we are hoping for a lot of lounging, eating, and a few touristy fun here and there. To start off, we visited my brother's fam for the annual Christmas light show his street is famous for. Ian's festive house. Tesla is already jaded about Santa (not that we ever really pushed the whole concept), but she still went up with Aila. This year's Santa was covered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Kokochi
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I grew up with 運動会, undokai. It's basically an elementary school annual event where kids practice th... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Kokochi