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visiting family

Emma and I flew to El Segundo to visit family. We stayed with my Dad (grandpa). It was very fun but so hot!

One afternoon we visited the Getty museum. It is free and so lovely. We only went in one building but saw paintings, photography and decorative arts.

We sat outside under the big umbrellas and sipped coffee. It was so nice there. I wish it was not so hot so we could have gone through the gardens.

One day we went to the Del Amo mall in Torrance. There was a new Mitsuwa marketplace. The Kinokuniya bookstore is our favorite.

We ate outside in the evenings on the patio at my Dad’s place. It would start to cool off and we would just chill out there.

Our beach day was so refreshing. The breeze off the ocean was cool and it was the first time I wasn’t sweating. Emma enjoyed playing on the shore and watching dolphins play out in the water.

We visited with lots of family. I had so much fun that I forgot to take more pictures. It was so great to hug my siblings after a long time apart.

maiki had been traveling as well and we were super happy to be reunited again.

new haircut and a trip to Japantown

Emma got a haircut today. Both of us ended up crying after her bath where I washed her hair. I told maiki exasperatedly that I wanted to cut it off so he got the scissors and we started cutting. It was in a bun, all wet and tangled and maiki cut it right off. I styled it a bit and kept it a little longer in the front. It is actually really easy to cut her hair because its both thin and full of body and curls. We are all happy now with it and hopefully bath times will be smoother.


Emma tried to use her chopsticks today! We had udon noodles which are not easy to wrangle so she mostly used her spoon and slurped them down before they slipped out. ^_^


A new parasol for our walks. Emma notices many people using them to block the sun so and she is very much on board with the idea.


We looked around at Kinokuniya and brought home Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons, a new book by Jon J. Muth. We have his collection at home. They are so special.


I loved the design of these two books. I want to bring home all the books in their store every time I visit. It is a good practice in restraint. Planning to go to the library to check out the new Murakami book but I know I will have to wait a bit.