About Us

Hello! We are the Harunas, an international family living in rural Japan.

This is our site where we share about slow life in the countryside, our multicultural family, what it’s like to be an immigrant, and much more. 

My name is Hannah. I was born in the U.S., and came to Japan for the first time on an internship in 2012.

At the time, I had no idea that I would end up living here as an immigrant!

After moving to Japan, I met the man who would become my husband, Masashi. Although we met in Tokyo, Masashi grew up in rural Hyogo, Japan, and also spent a year abroad in Uganda.

You can read about our love story and marriage here.

While newlyweds, we lived in Yokohama. Later after much prayer, we decided to quit our jobs and exchanged the frantic pace of the city for the slow life by moving from the urban Kanto area to the Kansai countryside.

We have now been married for nearly 6 years, and have one living son and three “angel babies”.

In addition to mothering and homemaking, the creative arts is one of my biggest passions.

My husband and I run a family business teaching voice, language, and creative expression, and perform as the duet, “Meoto”.

I am also a writer, and you can read about some places I’ve been published here. In addition, my interests include interior design, decorating, gardening, slow food, sustainable fashion, acting, and almost anything creative or old-fashioned!

We look forward to sharing about our family!

If you enjoy reading our blog, feel free to leave a comment on any of our blog posts to introduce yourself.

We would love to hear from you!