Children’s Day 2013


May 5th is a Children’s Day in Japan. This year, at Mili’s home school and playgroup, Mili made a Koinobori (above) and I helped her make a kabuto (the traditional Japanese military helmet) with a newspaper (below). I used to make these when I was little at school, it’s really awesome to get to do this all over again with my own kid now! Happy Children’s Day, Mili!


(She didn’t like wearing the kabuto… haha)

Thank you, 2012…

Christmas 2012

I hope you have been having a wonderful holiday season… We had another wonderful Christmas with our family in Massachusetts and are back in NYC, getting ready for the new years… Mili has been obsessed with Christmas trees and ornaments this holiday, it’s so funny. I guess she loves the Christmas! :)

Christmas 2012

Our blog had been having all sorts of problems over the course of years, but the month of December was the worst and I could not handle it any more so we decided to move the site after my husband tried few things. It took us a little bit, but I think it’s safe to say that everything is working well finally! I’m so sorry if you stop by here before and it was directed to somewhere else or it was blank… but now, it’s okay, no more weird stuff, I promise!

Christmas 2012

Year 2012 was all about this girl, Mili. It was so amazing to see her grow and I was so happy that I got to be with her 24/7. She turned one in October and she is able to do lots of stuff now, everyday is a fun and exciting day for both of us :) The picture above is from Christmas day, she received this cute hat from her aunt along with many many presents from everyone.

I think this will be my last post of the year so just wanted to thank the year 2012 for the wonderful time. We have lots of great memories this year, we’ll cherish it forever.

And thank you so much for reading this blog! See you in the new year 2013!! xo Hijiri

Halloween 2012


I have been meaning to post about the Halloween this year — well, we had like 3 things to go to, but everything was cancelled due to the hurricane Sandy! So we just stayed home and played a little dress up :) (We all went for a walk in a costume, but outside was so dark due to the blackouts and no one was in costume! Well, very few kids… it was the least fun Halloween night I’ve ever had since I came to the US…)

Last year, Mili was only a few weeks old, I tried to take the same pictures and compared them with the pumpkin hat on… she grew so much!



And Mili and Maia as witch :) *I was going to be one, too… but oh well.


Hope we can lots of fun stuff next year!

First to Twelve Months with Mili

Here are all twelve pictures of Mili taken on 12th of each month. She has changed so much in a year, it is just amazing and I am blessed that I was there every single day/night to witness everything. I have been taking her pictures almost everyday ever since she was born, but I feel like I’m still missing out… She gained about 13lb/6kg and grew about 11inch/28cm in a year!

She can do a lot of stuff now; she dances, she waves when she hears bye-bye (and I think she might have said ‘bye-bye’ few times), she understands simple commands (tell her to get the bear and she goes to get it etc.) she can put stuff into a container, she points her nose when I say ‘nose’, etc. etc…. Today, she learned the sign language ‘more’! Everyday, when I teach her something, she learns it right away so quickly. She loves to imitate me, too, it’s so cute.

I can’t wait to see what she’ll be able to do next month. It’s getting funner and funner I love it! We love you so much, Mili, you are amazing!!