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If you’ve been clicking around, you’ve probably read that Masashi and I (Hannah) are an international married couple living in rural Hyogo, Japan. Masashi is a born and raised Japanese native, but also spent a year living in Uganda. I am from America. Below is the story of how we met, and how our unexpected love story unfolded..

(By the way: the photo is from a little after we became engaged. We’re laughing because my younger brother was dropping leaves on our faces..(; )

Since we both love to sing, Masashi and I first met through mutual membership in a large choir through the church we attended while living in Tokyo. At some point, the choir went on a summer retreat to Karuizawa, and we both attended. I had seen Masashi previously, and I must confess.. I had not given him much notice. During the retreat, that changed.. (more…)