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.
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.
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??
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.
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Dad- died of lymphoma in October, 2010.