はまっこ Hamakko is the word people use to describe someone born and raised in Yokohama. It literally means “beach children.” Don’t let that fool you though, there are no nice white sandy beaches in the Hama and haven’t been for the last fifty years.

The Players:

HRH- His Royal Highness of the rabbit hutch i.e. my husband. 30something “salaryman” who had the misfortune to marry

Me- American living in Japan for the past eleven years. Stay at home mom and coffee addict.

Me First- Seven year old son of HRH and me. In second grade at local elementary school.

Me Too- four year old daughter of HRH and me. Frequent victim of Me First, when she isn’t beating up on him. In her first year at the local preschool.

Minor Players:

MIL- lives a couple of buildings down. Originally from the boondocks of Kyushu and has not adjusted to city life in the more than 40 years she’s lived here.

FIL- newly retired. Occasional culprit of sexual harrassment and lewd jokes. Does the elliptical machine in his underwear.

BIL- Nice enough, relatively handsome 40 year old never-married brother of HRH. Any takers??

Special Guests

My mom, sister, brother, Aunt M, cousin A, and other assorted relatives in the U.S. – all slightly dysfunctional, but I suspect that may be my fault.

Appearing Only in Flashback Scenes

Dad- died of lymphoma in October, 2010.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susie @newdaynewlesson
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 02:56:14

    Nice to meet another WMB blogger. :-)


  2. Cecilia
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 10:28:31

    Hi, I found you via WMB. I was pretty captured by your posts. I was in Japan from 1999 until a few years ago…was an American expat and managed to move my Japanese husband and son to the US. Was always curious in a scared kind of way to know how life might have turned out had we stayed. Anyway, I’m looking forward to hearing more about your adventures ;-)


  3. kelsey
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 12:01:15

    I’m also from Georgia~~~~and I also live in the Hama! Anyways, love your blog :)


  4. melibelleintokyo
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 22:20:27

    Hi, there–I am so glad to stumble upon your blog & meet a fellow everything (I am a straight-shot from Yokohama on the Keihin-Tohoku, a south Floridian married to a wonderful man (Japanese), with two kiddos). Love your writing.


  5. Todd Upchurch
    Dec 12, 2015 @ 13:50:26

    Hello Melanie,
    I worked with your dad when you were young. I was his Associate pastor in Mt. Airy. I would love to get more details from you about what all has transpired over the last several years.


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