Susan Dalzell is a writer and editor from Ohio with more than 15 years of experience in the US and abroad. She moved to Tokyo with her husband, Wil, and young son, Liam, in July 2014 when Wil was stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Yokota Air Base.

As the family gets settled on the outskirts of Tokyo, every day brings new insights. So much about Japan is new for them: New language, new food, new customs. Sometimes it’s hard to be so far from home, but this family cherishes the opportunity to experience a new culture. The world is a big, big place, but the more we see of it, the smaller it becomes.

Susan’s career has included working as a communications officer for the University of Cambridge in England and as the managing editor of The Ohio State University’s faculty and staff newspaper in her native Ohio. As a freelance journalist, her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Metropolis (Tokyo), Tokyo Families Magazine, Military Spouse magazine, Dayton Daily News, the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly Magazine, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and Ohio University’s research and alumni magazines.

For more information about Susan Dalzell, visit There you’ll find additional blog posts, as well as links to her newspaper and magazine clips. You can also follow her on Twitter: @susandalzell. With any luck, you’ll be able to read a book by her someday: She is working to publish her first, a travel memoir about her life in Cambridge, England.

Recent Posts

Checking out a Tokyo baseball game

Attending a Japanese baseball game has been on our Japan bucket list since we arrived in Tokyo almost three years ago. Finally, on May 18, we crossed that […]

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A night at the Robot Restaurant

Let’s talk about the Robot Restaurant, a tourist attraction that has gathered many of the intensely Japanese elements of Tokyo and rolled them up into a tightly packed […]

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Take a beach break in Kamakura

What do you get when you mix a giant Buddha, a volcanic beach and a Fourth of July holiday? An excellent weekend away, that’s what. We celebrated our […]

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Showa Kinen Flower Show 2016

Spring time means flowers, flowers and more flowers in Japan. On Saturday, knowing it would probably be the last nice day to see the cherry blossoms in full […]

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A cross-cultural afternoon

One of the best things I’ve learned since moving to Japan is the power of saying yes. Attend a festival? Yes. Try some new food? Yes. Try on […]

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Take a Coca-Cola factory tour

I recently took a factory tour of the Tama Plant of Coca-Cola East Japan. My culture club travelled together to the plant, located in Higashikuru, in a little […]

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Tokyo sightseeing itinerary

In November, my 77-year-old father from Ohio came to visit for 17 days. My challenge: Where to take him? It wasn’t easy narrowing down our destinations to a […]

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Fall hike suggestion: Mt. Mitake

It’s happening again. The air is getting crisp. The sky is a clear blue. And trees are starting their transformation from plain green to vibrant red, orange and […]

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Whirlwind trip back to the U.S.

We just returned from a whirlwind visit to Connecticut, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Two weeks. Seven airports. Five beds. Not ideal, but it was worth it to squeeze in […]

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A summer festival and samurai parade

Recently, we were guided by train, fed and watered, dressed and gifted with traditional Japanese garb, photographed, and encouraged to enjoy a parade, a festival and fireworks. Wil […]

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