Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Canadian in Japan
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I can tell you a bit about urban life. DH is Japanese, we have a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old, and spend about 4 months of every year there. (The rest we spend in Africa for DH's work.) We stay with his father in Yokohama, and I love it. I love that people in Tokyo/Yokohama walk or ride bicycles a lot. I love that I can walk to the supermarket, 5 minutes from our apartment. I love the focus on the seasons and all the different Japanese holidays -- DS has such a blast on Setsubun, for instance, throwing beans at the oni! And I love DS's preschool. I've heard horror stories about Japanese preschools, but in our case, we were lucky enough to find an alternature school that focuses on things like nature walks, playing in the mud and Japanese traditions like taiko drumming, and serves homemade organic food.
Of course there are downsides too. It can be hard to fit in with the neighborhood "housewives". I guess it would be even harder for your DH! And because Tokyo/Yokohama is so big, I have to travel quite far to see my friends (2 hours on buses/trains), so I don't see them as often as I would like.
Where are you planning to live, and what else would you like to know?
Globetrotting mama to DS (9) and DD (6)