Thanks for 2019, and Happy New Year!

It’s already 2020 in Japan but still 2019 somewhere in the world, right? I’ve written a long Japanese version of my year in review but I also wanted to share something here as well.

Looking back, it’s been a great year thanks to some unexpected (but good!) changes and opportunities, like being selected as an inaugural WordCamp Asia Global Lead, leading Polyglots tables at WordCamp Europe Contributor Day, team change at work, or visiting Bangkok with my daughter and friends.

I’m most grateful not for what happened, but for everyone who has supported and helped me throughout those events – some of them I got to know for the first time in 2019!

Thank you: WordPress Polyglots Team, WordCamp Asia/Tokyo organizers and mentors, WordPress Tokyo Meetup co-organizers, Automatticians, and family and friends.

My hope for 2020 is that I can be as resourceful and helpful as you are. And of course, I’ll do my best to organize WordCamp Asia!


Maine, December 2014

It’s been a while since I posted a monthly roundup of photos on this blog. I just came back from our first overseas family trip to Maine with my husband and newborn daughter, and here are some snapshots from that time.

I wasn’t sure if taking a 4-month old baby on a long trip would be a good idea, but I’m glad we decided to go. She handled long flights very well, and she seems to have grown up quite a bit in the past 10 days. She rolled over for the first time, can hold a toy and move it to her mouth, and smiles to people (flight attendants loved that!). I’m amazed by this little girl’s ability to adapt to a new environment.

I hope our 2015 will be filled with joy and pleasant surprises like this trip.

Happy new year!

Dondo Yaki, Burning New Year’s Decoration

Japanese New Year celebration lasts longer than that of most other countries, but by now people are wrapping it up and slowly getting back to normal business. I went to Dondo Yaki fire festival near the Anbo Port, where people bring their New Year’s decoration and burn them off in a big pile.

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