I'm sitting on a plane about to take off for Tokyo from Atlanta with all of our belongings for our family of three for 6 weeks packed neatly into 5 small bags (2 @away carry-ons, 2 @onabags backpacks, and a @shopfoglinen tote bag for diapers). We're trading home and its creature comforts, once again, for the road and are about to hop a 14 hour direct flight to Tokyo with Eula in tow. I can't wait for her to try sashimi, soba, chawanmushi, and everything else that crosses our path. Our adventure will take us to the usual suspects (Tokyo, Kyoto, Kurakawa) and also all the way to the farthest flung islands in the Okinawa chain, the Yaeyama Islands of Ishigaki, Taketomi, and Hateruma. My time at home was, due to an incredibly dense workload, very stressful. But we completed our projects, tabled what could wait until May, and now we're back to living light & simple out of suitcases, eating and cooking our way around the world and telling the story through photographs along the way. I feel free. Weightless. Happy. #theartofslowliving #localmilkathome
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  • local_milkI'm sitting on a plane about to take off for Tokyo from Atlanta with all of our belongings for our family of three for 6 weeks packed neatly into 5 small bags (2 @away carry-ons, 2 @onabags backpacks, and a @shopfoglinen tote bag for diapers). We're trading home and its creature comforts, once again, for the road and are about to hop a 14 hour direct flight to Tokyo with Eula in tow. I can't wait for her to try sashimi, soba, chawanmushi, and everything else that crosses our path. Our adventure will take us to the usual suspects (Tokyo, Kyoto, Kurakawa) and also all the way to the farthest flung islands in the Okinawa chain, the Yaeyama Islands of Ishigaki, Taketomi, and Hateruma. My time at home was, due to an incredibly dense workload, very stressful. But we completed our projects, tabled what could wait until May, and now we're back to living light & simple out of suitcases, eating and cooking our way around the world and telling the story through photographs along the way. I feel free. Weightless. Happy. #theartofslowliving #localmilkathome

  • kimmor1We are in Kyoto right now for our first time!! Our decision to come here was heavily inspired by your amazing documentation of this country. It is quickly rising to the top of one of our most favorite places we have traveled to!! @local_milk
  • meadowfarmhouseWell girl you were made for the open road! As long as there's a table on the wayside. Traveling mercies be with you.
  • endlesslyelatedLove it!
  • chlimpHi :) I saw that you also love green tea. You should check out this tea purveyor Horaido near Pontocho Alley in Kyoto. He's got the best stuff and it's a family run place since 1803. He also has an awesome collection of ceramics from well known Japanese artists. I love following your travels, have so much fun!
  • illumineticsclubThis is awesome! Great post!
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  • smithtribe5This is sweet
  • local_milk@alma_uprooted hey Alma! I don't know if we'll be spending much time on the main island but if you have any recommendations for the Yaeyama, I'm all ears!! I think we're also going to Aka in the Kerama islands as well.
  • sarasofijaDearest fellow mama -- just sending some love your way. I saw your recent story where you featured cartoons and I'm hoping you don't get attacked for showing Eula screens and tv before 2 (AAP recommendations). I'm just sending hugs for the sanctimommies that may start commenting. You have a dream life for that little pumpkin 🌞🌞🌞
  • alma_uprooted@local_milk Hi, Beth 👋🏻 Hmm, I've not spent a great deal of time on the Yaeyamas, but @organicscullys on Ishigaki's main island comes to mind. Taketomi is perfect for exploring little shops down meandering dirt roads. I will be visiting Aka Island later in April for the first time. If I'm there before you go, I'll be sure to let you know of any special places I happen to come by. And, if you are ever on the main island of Okinawa, I would be happy to provide a much more detailed list of recommendations for local scenic spots, accommodations, cafés, artisans, etc. as there are just so many! Happy travels, and it's nice to connect with you ☺️
  • local_milk@sarasofija I actually haven't gotten a single bad comment! We are totally intuitive with our parenting and we show her the world, fly with her all over the world, will nurse until she decides she's done, use a pacifier, bed share from time to time, birthed at home, and show her screens. So much room for negativity, yet we get almost none. It's so wonderful—maybe the mommy wars are largely a thing of the past! Since her human interaction and interaction with the world dwarf her screen time, we don't worry. Also, the AAP lifted that rule in 2016. That rec was from 1999. They simply say to avoid "solo media use" in her age group now. The studies indicate that screens as such aren't a problem but rather screens as substitutes for human interaction. And since she spends alllll her time with us or a nanny (and even then we're there since we both work from home!), we don't worry for her...and while sanctimonious comment are annoying, we've developed duck feathers. Thank you so much for the supportive comment & well wishes! 😘
  • sarasofijaThat's so great phew. I don't know why I got anticipatorially protective, probably too much feedback that I'm getting for myself / all that's in my own head without others even. For some reason I remember all the new guidelines about how to participate in media with the babes, but I thought that was after 2! Guess I need to reread it and I could also be confusing it with the Waldorf no technology stuff that's in my head. That's what I keep trying to get around to, being more strict with myself and my little. You're right about there being so much room for negativity. Soso right! And yes it's really those situations where tv is replacing human relationships that it's a problem. I read in Expecting Better about how tv isn't a problem it's about the households themselves, but I still thought that was over 2, once they've gone through those early leaps and all the huge skills they're developing. I just read about Leap 5 that mine is in and I feel a bit behind in all the skills and games I can be helping him work on. I am jealous of your duck feathers. I'm working on mine 🦆🦆🦆🦆
  • becoffeestyleOh! ❤️
  • nicholnaranjoi just started following and i have to say - your kitchen is incredibly stunning!
  • melinahammerWhat a beautiful and freeing feeling, to embark! I loved this vignette and cannot wait to see the far flung islands. 💖
  • joannarubysoonWhat direction does this window face? It gets the best light!!!!
  • amberkincheloeIs this your kitchen? Sigh...
  • diana_c_ganz@local_milk - we couple probably give you some tips from our years in Japan - and las Octobers' trip with our then 12 months old daughter. Even better though for the Yaeyamas get in touch with @ippei.janine. They are a Japanese-Australian couple living in Asakusa, and know the Yaeyamas like no other. Alway a fountain of ideas they also just happen to be two of the most wonderful and helpful people in the world. Most days you can find them at their shop Atelier Shinji a short 10min walk from the fish market in Tokyo. Enjoy Japan...
  • boringthngsStunning! @local_milk
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