Khoa & Michelle are a married couple who have been living in Japan since August 2010. They are originally from sunny California in the United States, but are currently living in the tiny fishing village of Chibu, on the island of Chiburi, in Shimane prefecture, Japan. Going from a city of one million to an island of about 630 was a big change for them, but their new surroundings have created many new adventures.
Michelle is working as an assistant language teacher (ALT) for the JET Programme at the local kindergarten, elementary school, and junior high. She also takes a boat to work once a week to teach at one of the neighboring islands. She enjoys playing taiko (Japanese drumming) and studying Japanese. Michelle writes the posts on this blog.
Khoa (pronounced ku-wa) is a house husband and budding photographer. He also volunteers at the local schools and works as a photographer at school events. When he’s not doing odd jobs around the island (cutting hay for cows, planting rice, etc), Khoa enjoys playing video games and cooking dinner for Michelle every night. Khoa provides the photos for this blog.