Pardon Me, Dear Reader, As I Digress…

Introvertjapan is about Japan. This post is not about Japan. If you came to read about this wonderful country, dear reader, I agree that it’s only fair I give you something to sate your appetite for Japanese life, so here’s an article I wrote for Tofugu about Japanese marriage proposals. Maybe it’ll help someone who’s planning to pop the question to their lovely Japanese girl as I did. As for this week’s Introvertjapan, I would only ask you to come back next week after a simple message. The message is this: posts for the next few months will not be as regular as the past year. If you want to know why, read on. If not, enjoy the link mentioned and please, come back soon.

Since Introvertjapan is not my diary, I only include what’s happening in my own life when its about the country I live in. There are plenty of other things I’d like to write about, but unless your interests are exactly the same as mine, you might not enjoy reading an article about Joseph Conrad or Lindsey Stirling as much as I would writing it. This is Introvertjapan, not Introvertnathan, and I plan to keep it that way.

For once though, events in my life will affect this site so I thought I’d tell you why I’ll miss a week here and there. You probably haven’t noticed–though I certainly have–that posts have been a bit irregular as of late. There’s a very good reason for that.

You see, my wife and I just had a baby at midnight yesterday.

Labor took about 24 hours total, but the pain began long after her water broke. There was only about four hours of screaming–so, lucky her. She’s fine and currently recuperating.

Our boy is half white and half Japanese with my mouth and her ears. He has her eyebrows, which is too bad because mine are better. (Sorry, honey, but my eyebrows are perfect and yours are not.) His hair is the very dark brown I’ve seen on many mixed babies. For now, his eyes look metallic. I’m hoping the color doesn’t change as baby’s eyes are prone to because–by Zeus!–they look cool how they are. If by any chance they stay, he’s going to have one heck of a striking gaze when he gets older. Ookami eyes, wolf eyes, herself called them.

So, since babies don’t care about their parents’ schedules as much as their parents do, I’ll likely miss a post or two. I still plan to write an article per week like I have been, but no promises. I can’t say I’ll maintain an unbroken string of Japanese cultural goodness. At present I have a few articles planned, but again, no promises.

As things progress I’ll be sure to have regular Japanese culture, but pardon me for a while as I mind the little tyke. My wife as well, who is suddenly depending on me in a whole different way.

But we’ll see. Introvertjapan isn’t on hiatus. It’s not going away. It’s author will just be a bit busy for a while.

Love and peace,



12 Comments on “Pardon Me, Dear Reader, As I Digress…”

  1. April Roberts (@youkai_bitch)
    March 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Congratulations on your new baby boy!! He’ll bring you so much joy! 🙂

  2. Vrai
    March 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful to hear, and all my very best wishes to the three of you.

  3. tokyo5
    March 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm #


  4. rose2852
    March 28, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    That is the best news! Congratulations!

  5. adinam89
    March 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Congratulations! おめでとう!:)

  6. Kainoa
    March 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Congratulations to you and your family, Nathan! This is incredibly awesome news!

  7. Michael G. Bethke (@MichaelBethke)
    March 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Nathan, congratulations on the new baby boy! Don’t worry too much about missing a week or two, I’m sure everyone will understand. Good luck on this new journey, and don’t forget to sleep!

  8. Alex
    March 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm #


  9. samokan
    March 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Congratulations !!!

  10. Artemis
    March 31, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    I know everyone else is saying it and I hate to be a sheep, but whatever – congratulations! 🙂

  11. birdicatt
    March 31, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    A little late but Congratulations!

  12. annamibananas
    April 9, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    Congrats Nathan , don’t worry about the posts , we’ll survive!

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