Sunday, July 20, 2014

We Have Arrived!

The flight over to Japan was gratefully uneventful.

After a bit of anxiety at takeoff,

Kai was in bliss the whole 13 hours on the plane, watching movies on his iPad the whole time except for a couple breaks to try out the in-flight entertainment that including some video games.

I tried to get him to nap a little bit. I didn’t want him overly tired when we arrived, but I think he could go days without sleep with the stimulus of digital entertainment.

I tried to nap as well, but it’s hard when your son keeps interrupting to tell you where we are in the flight, or asking you to open the window shad so that he could look outside.

When we landed at Narita, Kai was well behaved waiting in line to go through Customs, and was happy to see his grandfather who met us at the airport.

Kai only got agitated when he found out that Jiji probably didn’t have wifi at his place (though we found out later that he does). The boy likes to stay connected, and the thought of going three days without wifi until we got to a hotel that had it was intolerable. That led to him laying on the ground and complaining that it was too hot. And we hadn’t even done anything yet.

But that episode didn’t last long when once we got in his grandfather’s car as he fell asleep before we reached our home for the next couple days.

We drove through a torrential rainstorm and Kai didn’t get too anxious.

Once we arrived, we had a hot Japanese bath, followed by a hearty Japanese dinner (fried shrimp for Kai, unagi (eel) for the rest of us),

My wife and I were soon ready for bed. Kai probably could have stayed up for hours, but we thankfully got him asleep so that we could sleep, too.

So we are off to a good start. But this morning will bring the first real challenges as we venture out to start our sightseeing.

Let’s see how it goes.


  1. I'm so glad to hear you got there safely and happily! Yay! Have a great day...we're all going to bed. haha.

    1. Haha, our day is just beginning.Thanks, Betsy!

  2. I am envious! I love Japan. I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures there.

    Kai looks very happy eating the shrimp. He is going to have the time of his life there. I am very happy for him. What great memories he is going to make there. I know you and your family are going to have a lot of fun. All of you deserve this vacation. Enjoy!

    1. It will definitely be an adventure. Hopefully mostly good!

  3. I'm glad the flight went pretty well, and I hope you all have a wonderful time!


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