Savvy Tokyo's resident "Love in Japan" columnist, Hilary Keyes, answers anonymous questions from readers on everything from dating in Japan to women’s health issues. Got a question you’d like to ask Hilary? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject "Ask Hilary."
I am a Japanese woman. I married a Canadian guy.
When my husband and I went on our first date, there is something that he made very clear: If we ever get married, we have to visit his family in Canada every year. I agreed. We married 5 years ago and we have visited Canada every year. His family is very kind and I feel very comfortable with them. And I love Canada.
However, recently, I’ve been having different ideas. I want to visit other places in the world. I don’t want to spend our money and use our holidays in Canada every year. I would like to go once every 2 years. My husband still wants to go every year as his parents are getting old (87 and 77-years old). I told him to go alone, but he and his family think that that is strange. Additionally, my husband wants us to go to Canada together. Help! – Wanderlust
Aging parents and vacation time sharing — these are two huge issues that a lot of couples are faced with nowadays. It’s all the more difficult in an international situation where 10+ hour flights can eat up a lot of your travel time.
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