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Tales from Tokyo shares one Ohio family’s adventures as they adjust to life on the outskirts of Tokyo. Journalist Susan Dalzell moved to Japan with her husband and young son in July 2014. Come along with the Dalzells as they explore Tokyo, figure out Japanese culture and do their best to enjoy living in a foreign land. More Info

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Tales from Tokyo


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.