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Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’

Posted in Blog on January 4, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

My family and I wishes all my family and friends a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2011!!  Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu! Arjan, Swanica, Adriaan, Roland and Maarten. . Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on October 5, 2010

Family celebrations

I am still in the US or returned to the US from Holland after all the family celebrations. We had a wonderful time being together with our small family and big family especially to celebrate the MSc  graduation of my son Maarten in Holland. (from left to right: Arjan, Maarten, R ... Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on February 2, 2010

Rediscovery of my heritage: my grandfather Rudolph ...

I celebrated Christmas 2009 and the New Years in the Netherlands with some of my family. While there I visited an aunt, sister of my Mom, I had never met before. Family quarrels happen in a lot of families and we are one of them. I have no idea what all happened. My grandfather ( ... Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on January 10, 2010

To Stockholm with my son Maarten

After New Years I went to Stockholm with my son Maarten to see where he lives. He does cancer research at the Karolinska Institutet for his Masters for 8 months. He lives again in one room after living in a bigger apartment, but it is still quite big. It also snowed in Stockholm ... Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on December 18, 2009

Christmas time in Holland

Yesterday, I arrived in the Netherlands. I will spend the Holiday Season here with my family. And it was snowing! What a beautiful way to start the Holiday Season! Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on June 14, 2009

Zaimokuza Festival

The “zaimoku” in the name Zaimokuza means “lumber,” and the “za” generally means a guild of merchants and artisans who did business under the patronage of the large shrines, and temples in the Kamakura (1185/92-1333) and Muromachi periods (1335 ... Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on June 14, 2009

Zaimokuza Beach

I’m back again in Japan. I have been in the USA for the graduation of my oldest son from UCSD and youngest son from USC and in The Netherlands for the celebration of my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday and for visiting and being with my middle son. I got a very bad cold ... Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on January 14, 2009

Coming-of-Age in Japan

Coming-of-Age is a young person’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. Since 1948, the age of majority in Japan has been 20; persons under 20 are not permitted to smoke, drink, or vote. Coming-of-age ceremonies, known as “seijin shiki”, are held on the sec ... Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on January 9, 2009

Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle is a landmark in the city of Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture. It was the stronghold of various daimyo, powerful territorial lords during the Muromachi period of Japanese history. Odawara Castle had very strong defenses, because it was situated on a hill, surrounded ... Continue Reading

Posted in Blog on January 9, 2009

Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji fish market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, and is a major attraction for foreign visitors. On the picture, where you see t ... Continue Reading

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