Why we don’t cheer for Belgium in the World Cup

World Cup
At times we could cheer in broad daylight: last day in Belgium Tunesia vs. Belgium.
Because we can’t! Due to the time difference, it’s hard to watch most of the games. When the Belgian Red Devils face England on Thursday evening, it’ll be Friday 3 AM in Japan. Unless our own little devil happens to be awake at that time, I guess we’ll miss it. It sucks, but on the other hand we have plenty of other interesting things on our mind, like eating fresh sushi every day 😉

We hope Belgium doesn’t win*, just because we’re selfish and we don’t want to miss this milestone and the euphoria that goes with it. Getting drunk on Japanese beer just won’t be the same, let alone celebrate this victory without our friends. The only possible benefit I could think of, is that we would recognise fellow Belgians in a heartbeat!

* of course we want our team to win! 😉

Flush your baby’s poo!

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Extensive recycling instructions in Japan
I dare to say I’m quite a recycle ‘pro’ back in Belgium. I rock the blue, white and red bag, separate dirty from clean paper, rinse glass bottles before taking them to the glass container and even collect the caps of bottles for the guide dogs (take a look at this great project).
But…. Japanese recycle to the next level. A level we have not completely achieved yet. Consequently, after these few days we are behind on our recycling and there is some  temporary unassigned waste piled up on our kitchen sink.
We are the proud owners of 6 garbage bins and the same numbers of trash bags, as well as of extended instruction sheets.
Some of the rather disturbing discoveries up till now: “drain the excess water from food leftovers” and “flush dirt from disposable diaper down the toilet”. O-oh!

Thank God for the kid

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On our first strolls in Toyota City we have already noticed that Japan is a super child-friendly country. Both women and men make contact easily and love to interact with your kid. Perfect to break the ice! Now my most important task is to learn basic Japanese in order to small talk about my son’s age, sleeping and eating habits. The one thing I already know is ‘kawaaaaaaaaai’ (meaning ‘cuuuuuute’). I guess I can already score using that one word 😉


14 maanden Japan, here we go!
Na een uitstekende vlucht (een dronken, schreeuwerige Ier helpt als afleidingsmanoeuvre) sliep onze kleine reiziger zijn tweede nacht ter plekke al door. Er zijn er die net iets meer last hebben van jetlag. En die is net zijn rijtest gaan afleggen, als dat maar goed komt!

Oja: vanuit België moet je 7 uur bijtellen