Yuko & Hitoshi, Japan

This week, let’s meet Yuko, her husband Hitoshi and their three kids, 1 girl, 10, and two boys, 7 and 2 years-old.

Yuko, 38, works in the éducation fiels, and Hitoshi, 40, works for the state. They’ve been living in a seaside town in Kanagawa, since almost 11 years.

Yuko is telling us about their family life in their beautiful city : what activities they enjoy doing in the city and at home. 

 

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IN THE CITY 

What do you like in your city?  

My hometown is surrounded by both the mountains and the sea. We feel a close connection to nature when we are outside. The city is rather small and compact, so it’s extremely peaceful to live here.

We adore doing picnics, or walking on the hills where we can enjoy beautiful views on the sea.

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Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree

In which museums do you usually go with your children ?

We especially love two art museums :

  • The Hayama Museum of Modern Art:  I like the small bucolic garden with a walkway around it, and a path to a lovely friendly beach.

The Yokosuka Museum of Art: located near the seaside (Route 16 in Yokosuka). There are nice cafes with views on Tokyo Bay.

 Which places are family friendly in your city? 

Our favourite family friendly place is Issiki beach: It’s small but very beautiful. I like to gather seashells there with my children.

Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree

In which restaurants or coffee shop do you go with the kids?  

We love going to Double Sandwich  Hayama for its fresh ingredients and its take-away. We also enjoy Kaneyo-shokudo, a seafood restaurant in a gorgeons old building.

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Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree

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AT HOME 

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Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree

What is your favorite  and easiest meal with children ?

We love making together Inari-Sushi with cherry blossoms… it’s a Spring traditional recipe (see recipe  at the bottom of the page)

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Crédit photo : @myilttlethree

When the weather is bad, what do your children enjoy doing at home?

We love indoor activities and we do many different things : playing with Japanese traditional toys (origami, kendama, be-goma), crafting with leaves and paper, playing Shogi (Japanese chess). We also love music very much, such as the piano and the ukulele…

What books do your kids love ?  

We have two favourite books at home : I spy  by Julie Ashworth and Guri and Gura by Rieko Nakagawa.

Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree
Crédit photo : @myilttlethree

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Many thanks to Yuko for this lovely interview. You can follow her family on instagram @mylittlethree.

See you next week for a post about lilac cordial and scrumptious cannelés (small cakes from Bordeaux, France).

Have a lovely week,

Emilie xx. 

  • Recipe of Inari sushi :
  • 5 Aburaage (fried soybean curd)
  • 200 ml dashi stock
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons Mirin
  • 330 g cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

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2 Comments

  • Comme j’aimerais visiter le Japon ! J’aime leur culture, leur mentalité, leurs traditions, même si la femme n’est pas épanouie de la même manière que dans nos civilisations occidentales, je trouve leur rapport avec la nature très humble et respectueux. Il est tellement agréable de regarder les photos de cette famille, je trouve qu’il s’en dégage un sentiment de pureté et de tranquillité qui font rêver. Merci pour ce joli partage, si je passe un jour par Kanagawa j’adorerais tester les adresses que vous nous avez données !

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