It’s Our Birthday, Have A Gift – Updated

** This giveaway is no longer accepting entries.  Scroll down to see who won. **

Today marks our one year anniversary, or…sigh…our Japaniversary. Sorry. We already celebrated this blog’s birthday, but let’s stretch this out a bit, shall we?

We had a grand plan to do a giveaway so we could learn more about our readers, but the truth is, we just like assembling care packages. So, leave a comment on this post, and we will enter you in our totally awesome, totally cheap, Tokyo Care Package Giveaway.

If you win, maybe we’ll ask for some hints to tailor the package for you, or maybe I will just run to the conbini and 100 yen shop. So that’s that.

A year ago we stepped out on to the clean streets of Tokyo, tried to order dinner, and failed miserably. Now a year later, we can order beer and beg our waiter to order our food for us. Progress!

I told Ang that I will contribute more to the site this year. All I can think to contribute is ramen shops, arcades, candy and batting cages, because Ang unknowingly married a 12 year old.

So there you go. I was going to write a Doogie Howser-esque post about how this year has changed us. But we’re all too busy for that. Leave a comment, and we’ll send one of you a box o’ treats. Thanks, team.

Leave a comment by Monday afternoonish USA time and we’ll pick a winner using the Random Number Generator. Don’t be shy. Your prize will be awesome.  ** Update — I just realized it’s a holiday weekend in the US — let’s extend the deadline to Tuesday afternoonish. **


Hi everyone — Ang here!  Maybe it was a few too many birthday drinks, but we decided 1 winner wasn’t enough.  So congrats to comments 15, 7 and 3 (skipping duplicates and replies).  Mullins, Becky and LeahD, we’ll be contacting you shortly for mailing addressTo everyone else, thanks for your comments!  It has been a great year, thanks for coming along.  xo! -A

24 thoughts on “It’s Our Birthday, Have A Gift – Updated

  1. Happy anniversary!
    I started reading your blog after finding your Etsy shop (thanks again for the strawberry bento set, it gets many complements!) and have really enjoyed seeing the photos of the quilts from Action Craft, as well as your other adventures in Japan (especially the ramen stops ^_^).
    Congratulations on your 1 year, I look forward to reading about the next one!
    p.s.- Arcades and candy are good things, too, even for us non-12 year olds!

  2. Just to let you guys know we love reading about you adventures and little Evan loves the colorful pictures of food you post!

    -Ang’s cousin Dave

  3. Do you know “gift” is German for “poison”? And “poison” is “doku” in Japanese (so says google translate). So, uh, here’s hoping for beaucoup doku. Or something.

  4. Yes – it’s been a year. And we miss you very much, but am glad you are so very adventurous!
    Love you!

  5. (i’m not actually entering your lovely contest – i just wanted to send happy anniversary wishes. or perhaps i’m just adding an additional comment to increase my chances of victory?)

  6. Our vicarious adventures with you in Asia have been a delight. Love the sights and lights and we can almost smell the ramen.
    Please recuse us from the drawing as we are already winners everytime we get an new post email.

    Lots of love from Poppy Farm

  7. I just want you guys to know…that my neighbor plays the bagpipes in the morning. its really annoying and you guys would hate it.

    love you. (yinz)


    • i would like becky (if that is your real name, which it isn’t) to know that bagpipes are awesome and he should appreciate his good fortune.

  8. I can’t believe you’ve been gone from DC for over a year. You really are missed around here. But I’ve seen first hand the fun you’re having in Japan and I love reading about your adventures on the blog!

  9. We all love reading about your adventures (especially the ones that contain crafts and sewing!)–Even though we miss you, it’s so good to see how happy you are..We may never get to Japan- so thanks for the awesome tour— Happy Japanversary! Love, Aunt Mickey and Uncle Greg

  10. Happy Japaniversary! Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your Japan adventures. I especially love the food photography!

  11. Love reading your blog. Hate missing you guys. Can’t believe it has been an entire year since you arrived in Japan. To honor your Japaniversary, I will go to a Phillies game today and watch Roy Halladay beat up on my Nats. Miss you guys!

  12. Hi Dan & Angie,
    I’ve enjoyed reading about your escapades in the far east.
    I almost felt like I was there beside you experiencing ramen & shopping. Thanks for the adventurous blog. Love always, Aunt Carol Ann

  13. One year – my how time flies! We miss you, but are so happy you are enjoying your adventure. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Can’t wait to visit!
    Much love, Lynn
    I know I’m too late, but that’s OK – I can pick up a prize when I get there. 🙂

  14. It seems like you’ve been there for 10 years. The first month, seemed like 2 years, the second, like one month, but the third was about 4.5 years…somehow it adds up to 10. I’m too late for any prizes, but I’ve been thinking about you two lately and am amazed by Action Craft and everything else you’ve been doing. Can’t wait to read about the next 10 years. xo, tt

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