Renewing my visa After being told it was too late to apply for permanent residency a few months ago, I recently tried to apply for a renewal of my spouse visa. Typical of me, I didn’t take half the documentation I needed so was sent home with instructions to gather the rest. Surprisingly, this time I was told to submit both my spouse and permanent residency applications together so I’m […]
I can’t believe it’s been two months since I last posted on the Long Countdown. I even missed the last Japan Blog Matsuri about Favorite Places in Japan, which was a shame because this place would certainly qualify: This is one of many beautiful, sandy beaches at the foot of Shizuoka prefecture’s Izu Peninsula. We went down there in Golden Week, and it was Rikuto’s first time ever to see […]
Here’s a rare picture of Rikuto smiling for the camera, and he has every right to be happy – he’s only 18 months old, but can eat his dinner with chopsticks! He also said his first English word yesterday… I was hoping for “daddy” or at least “google” (in the hope of striking it rich as the “Google baby”), but no. Rikuto’s first English word was “crash!” – the result […]
I while ago my mum wrote a poem about her relationship with the grandson she has only seen via a webcam. In her latest poem, she talks about his antics with phones and fire extinguishers. Very funny stuff… I love my baby grandson, Ricky. He’s such a cute little fellow to me. He lives so far away in Japan, A strange country across the sea. Read the rest here If […]
I take Rikuto to the shopping center a lot. It’s close to home, it’s spacious and there are places for Rikuto to play, eat and have a change of underwear. Last week, though, I was pleasantly surprised when he took it upon himself to practice his walking skills… If you can’t see the video, watch it here on YouTube. If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. […]
I became an uncle and Mami became an aunt this week when her sister gave birth to a little girl called Rinko. Here are some pictures… If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I’d love to hear from you!
Don’t wake the baby! If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s a five-minute video of Rikuto at 15 months of age. He’s slowly taking his first steps, but he’s having more fun playing on the grass and slides at Oasis Park, which I’ll talk about more in a future post. If you can’t watch the video, you can find it here on YouTube. P.S. I’m a bit disappointed with the quality of this video, but I don’t really know what […]