I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything about the place we call home. It occurred to me the other day that many think I consider “home” to be the USA. Other than my passport I really have no connections to what we islanders call “the states” or “the mainland”.

Sure I have a sister and a mom there but I’ve been gone for over 35 years. Been an expat for most of my life. I’ve changed ….can’t really connect with the culture there anymore.

I’m an islander.

Today my daughter and her family left Japan -they were transferred to the states. Her hubby is American and was excited to be going home…but daughter was having a hard time leaving the region of the planet she has only ever known as “home”.

Saipan…..that’s home to us. Funny-even though hubby is Japanese- if you ask him “where’s home”? He will say…Saipan. He too has spent most of his life there.


I borrowed a few photos from my daughter.

Saipan is part of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is located about 120 miles north of Guam.


It is small…really small-only about 7 miles wide and 13 miles long. Can you imagine that I spent most of my life there?


The beaches are awesome although “progress” has not really done much good to the environment.


I miss the stunning sunsets. I miss the island-style life. I miss my family.


The above photo was taken from my daughter’s home. Can you imagine having this view everyday?


This is forbidden-island. The beach below is a wild place full of adventure for the explorer.


I love Japan but there is no place like home…….

2 thoughts on “Home

    1. That’s awesome!! I remember many many many years ago trying to mail myself some things I’d bought at KMart in Wisconsin when I was visiting my parents. The postal clerk could not find ” Saipan” in his big book and almost wouldn’t send my stuff saying that there was no post office there… It took a lot of explaining to him so that he could finally ” get it”. We have a US Post Office in Saipan!! We have US passports! Luckily I’d memorized that we are in ” zone 9″ – that helped.


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