This was back on 1st January 2015, when Junya was 6 month old.
The first of January marks the first day of Oshougatsu (Japanese new year), and this year we decided to spend our new year with family in Nagasaki. ❤︎
Whose baby is that???
Entertaining the baby.
Rainbow crane photo frame!
Our first meal of the year at a soba shop. Usually people eat soba on new year eve, but we only had instant soba the night before lolol so today was revenge day XD
This white thing is Sasakama, a type of kamaboko (fish cake).
Danna’s zaru soba.
My Tempura soba with Sansai topping (still going on and on and on about eating vegetables in Japan whenever i could XD).
And.. flight time!
So cute wan! Junya’s flight ticket has a milk bottle on it! 😀
Again, Mama’s privilege, i get a paper cup with lid and straw 😀
Working papa and wefie’ing mama&bb
After surviving a 7 hour flight KLIA -> Narita, i was much much less stressed about flying. The horror of the much feared ear pressure discomfort didn’t really happen thankfully, and he was all smiles 😀
I could say that flying with a 6 month old was a really happy experience. But i don’t dare to say the same now -___-.
We are bringing Junya back to Japan in May and he is going to turn 1 soon. He can’t even sit still on a high chair right now much less strapped to me on an airplane seat. -_- I guess there’s new horror to meet soon lol. We’ll see. We’ll see.
Already miss the 6-month-old him. T_T
Why JAL so awesome!! All the kids get free gifts to entertain themselves on the plane. Maybe that’s why Japanese kids are quieter on the plane.
His first chor dai dee HAHAHAH
And finally falling asleep :’)
Peeking out the window i saw snow mountains with fluffy cloud toppings stretched beyond he horizon.
Zooming in, i could even see snow fields!!!
So amazing T__T.
So it was Junya’s first ever visit to his papa’s hometown, Nagasaki. After checking in to hotel, we headed straight to Jiji’s (grandpa) place.
It was also Junya and Jiji’s first meet up. Soon enough the house was filled with neighbors who worked together (they are all like family, can’t even differentiate anymore) coming to see the legendary grandson hahaha.
Japan’s suburbs are so lacking in young children that when they see one it’s like they see a precious baby panda. T___T
He gets alllllll the love. ALLLLLLLLLLL.
It made me want to produce few dozen of babies just to re-populate Japan lolol. Kidding. No i’m serious.
Jiji and uncle’s homemade Osechi ryori (traditional Japanese new year dish).
They made all of them T__T.
The neighbor who runs a fish stall also brought along the freshest sashimi of the day.
Nagasaki is famous for its yummy seafood. And they are always served in the freshest way possible. Which explained why i had to eat a crying squid. T__T
Kamaboko eggs <3
After being passed around and drown in loving coos and awwwws , the little one finally fell asleep.
We talked a little more, and went back to our hotel to rest and watched variety shows till midnight.
I took this picture just to remind myself to empty the rack when i ever see this again. “Pepper Bacon” flavor T___T
Total knock-out XD
Good night baby. Otsukaresama.
I am just so thankful we made it. Nagasaki is not a place you could go everyday. At least not from Malaysia. It’s a good two hours flight from Tokyo and the tickets are steeeeeeep. But we know that we want to go back as often as we could afford. I love the city to bits. And to see a person as silent as Jiji beaming non stop just looking at his grandson, it was all worth it.
did JAL allow you to wear Junya in baby carrier through the flight including when the seatbelt sign is on? I flew Qatar with my baby (10m old then) and they didnt allow that when the seatbelt sign was on, i had to strap him in with the baby belt attachment.for that 7h+ flight, the seatbelt sign was mostly on, couldnt put him in baby bassinet or baby carrier.
Yes they did! throughout the whole flight i wasn’t required to wear a baby seat belt. They even let me carry him to sleep. It made the flight really carefree and plesant 🙂
Hi cheesie, every time I see a new post on your blog (esp if it’s about Japan) ,it makes my day a little better. Please keep it up <3 gb!
That’s really nice to know!!! Thanks for telling me 🙂
Awwww everything looks like so much fun!!! How how awesome! I always fly either by JAL or ANA! Love both airlines! It’s so sweet how all the neighbors came over to see Junya san! So sweet!
The kamaboko eggs look so interesting! I want to try too!!
Me too!!! We fly JAL more often because we have mileage cards 😀
Hi Cheesie, try to buy some new toys for Junya. Hide it in your bag and if he comes up with a screaming fit on board, tadaaa ! show him the toy. i think the equation is pretty easy – just keep the baby entertained – with things he/she has never seen before. it works on mine so you can try 😀 if all else fails, request some juice from the air-stewardess cause sometimes it might be the pressure (or boredom HAHA) and juices are great to relieve both pressure and boredom !
That’s a good idea! Oh yes this time around he could snack on the plane! :)))
This was such a nice and touching post ^-^ The kind of insights one rarely ever get to see from Japanese daily life (I mean, I know this exist but to really see it is so special). Thank you for sharing with us Cheesie!
My last few trips to Japan has been with either ANA or JAL, especially since I got their membership card after using them for domestic flights, and it is an experience in itself. Collect ALL the milage!!! XD
Yaaaaa we once even used the mileage to upgrade our seat. It was… simply too awesome. The food T____T. Thanks for always letting me know your own experience too :))
Great post (and I got to read the crying squid eye post. Ew). Anyway, if you’d like some tips on how to survive a long flight with a small child, you might want to check out my friend’s blog post: http://mybabyolivejuice.com/2015/01/26/how-i-survived-a-20-hour-flight-with-a-toddler/ She flew from LA to Singapore and back.
Anyway I just got back from Tokyo (like, yesterday morning) and I now know why you love Japan so much! It’s a fabulous place. Good luck on the upcoming trip!
Really?? Glad you enjoyed it!! 😀
Your friend made such an awesome post! The list she created was beautiful. So much effort T___T. Please say thank you to her! Hope to hear your experience in Japan too! 😀
Where did you stay in Nagasaki?