I just read a cool blog post entitled, “10 Surprising Things About Parenting in Japan.”  The guest author, a professional photographer named Yoko Inoue, moved from Brooklyn, New York to Okayama with her American husband and young son. The content is terrific and the photography is spectacular. Check it out.

“It’s very different to be a mom here—in some hard ways,” she says. “There’s so much pressure to fit in, versus being an individual. But, on the flip side, the close community provides so much safety. Motoki can go outside and play and I don’t have to watch him. He can trust people, whereas in New York he had to learn from an early age to doubt. Here, everyone is family, and everyone is aware of him.”