This is my 40th year in Japan. I came to Hiroshima when I was just 23, not really    knowing much about the culture or the language. I married into a rather traditional Japanese family with the accompanying mother-in-law/daughter-in-law problems. (A wife belongs to the family she marries into and no longer to her own family and must be obedient to her mother-in-law in all things.) I tried my best for 14 years. I became so absorbed into Japanese social values that I lost my “self”! How I finally recovered my own mind and life is a whole other story for another day..

I love to cook and bake bread! I hate American cookbooks that call for a can of soup or a pkg of jello as these are things I never had here! I love doing things from scratch now. We have a little farm by Inland Sea in the town limits of Kure, in Hiroshima prefecture. My husband grows organic veggies and fishes a lot. I spend half the time in the city as I still teach English 2 days a week.

I used to be able to express myself fairly well, but speaking only Japanese for all these years, my vocabulary is limited. I started this Journal because, after I took part in the Word Press thingaday project, 3  people whom I have never met asked me to share about my life. I was so blown away that anyone would be interested. But you guys inspired me to try, so here goes..


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. milliemollymandy
    May 22, 2012 @ 20:11:48

    You haven’t written anything for a while Leah, I hope all is well with you and I’m looking forward to reading your next entry.


  2. Dina Dini
    May 30, 2012 @ 15:58:21

    Leah, I really enjoyed meeting you and Hiroo in Torrance. Next time, it will be in Japan. In the meantime, I will get news from Junzo at Honda!


  3. Joanna
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 16:33:50

    Dear Leah,
    I have just discovered your blog while searching the internet for some anmitsu or zensai recipes. What a joy to come across your website. It is so interesting to read about yout every day life and about Japan. I will come back for more. Thank you also for the lovely photos!


  4. Shimona From The Palace
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 10:00:13

    Hi! I came across your blog while perusing the list of Labellestudio’s other nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award. I, too, am a person born and bred in one country who has lived almost 40 years in another country – although our reasons for the move were vastly different, of course – and I find the views of someone else who has made such a huge transition, quite fascinating.


    • leahmama1
      Apr 21, 2013 @ 11:54:58

      Thank you. I am interested in reading your blog. I know so little of Israel’s history but am interested to learn so I will soon take time and read all your posts! Reading the Old Testament, some of the things you mention are familiar, but I want to learn more!


  5. Debbie
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 02:49:38

    Hello leah,
    Please call. I’m on my way! In May!


  6. Jack Crispy
    May 23, 2015 @ 23:25:35

    Hi Leah. I stumbled across your blog while doing a search on kissaten. I actually live in Hiroshima and have my own blog about various things. You can find it here: http://www.jackcrispy.com

    Jack Crispy is my nickname, not my real name! 🙂

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.


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