About Khoa & Michelle

Khoa & MichelleKhoa & 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.


17 thoughts on “About Khoa & Michelle

  1. Eleenie May 6, 2012 / 8:22 pm

    Wow, such a big change from city life. I’m enjoying reading about your life in Japan and the photos are great

  2. Jamon Siefert (@isDeutsche) May 21, 2012 / 10:59 am

    “budding photographer” indeed! Great photos! We are going to have to try some of these recipes… except the ones including squid and or rock oysters. We are not that brave 🙂

  3. Liew Chi Khong July 27, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    Hi Khoa and Michelle,
    You have such a nice blog. i personally like the Japanese culture very much. I would really like to go to Japan once if I had the chance. Just to let you know that I have been nominating your blog for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. Yet, it is up to you whether to follow the rule or not. For detail, you can visit this link.http://chikhongphotography.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/its-the-award-time-again/

  4. Fae's Twist & Tango August 17, 2012 / 12:07 pm

    Michelle & Khoa, Lovely blog overall. Love your posts, the photos are stories all by themselves. I grew up in Japan and enjoy reading everything on Japan. I’m glad you are making most of your stay in such a small town/island. I bet your students love you very much, Michelle Sensei! Ganbatte ne! Fae. 🙂

    • youmeandatanuki August 17, 2012 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you, Fae! We love our life together in Japan.
      I noticed that you mentioned your son was raised in San Jose, CA on your “Who’s Fae?” page. Khoa and I both grew up in San Jose! What a small world!

  5. travelersdish August 17, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’m glad your visit brought me to your blog, too. I loved visiting Japan- and I’m looking forward to reading about your experiences. 🙂

  6. beebeesworld August 20, 2012 / 6:37 am

    Thanks for reading my blog. I enjoyed visiting yours as well. I will follow it and invite you to follow mine, if you haven’t already. Best wishes, beebeesworld

  7. Shinda-chan October 10, 2012 / 6:48 pm

    youmeandatanuki, this blog is so quaint, not too overwhelming like other main blogs. I really like it!

    Michelle, do you mind if I ask a question? How did you end up in Japan? Were stationed by JET?

    • Michelle October 12, 2012 / 9:55 pm

      Hi Shinda! Thanks for stopping by our blog. I’m working in Japan through the JET Programme. We’ve been having a wonderful time here.

  8. LubbyGirl November 9, 2012 / 12:38 pm

    Just thought I’d stop by and swap howdies. Love the photography – that’s how I found your blog, by the way…looking at the photography sites on WordPress. Gotta ask, though…what’s JET?

  9. japantouristjp January 15, 2013 / 10:10 am

    Wonderful photos and stories. Rural life in Japan can be great and hard at the same time. You make it look like fun. Hope to share more of your content about life in Japan.

  10. shiotadesu March 3, 2013 / 9:11 am

    Awesome blog I just love it (^∀^)ノ

  11. Zest March 15, 2013 / 3:56 pm

    Great to see a team-effort blog 🙂 I know a few people who have gone to Korea and Japan to teach English; it must be exciting!

  12. san jose August 12, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    Please do more for San Jose! Your photography is beautiful!

    • Michelle Lynn Dinh September 5, 2013 / 8:09 am

      Thank you for the comment! I haven’t had my camera with me lately but I will definitely start taking more photos!

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