Nathan and Kenichi
Hi! We are Nathan & Kenichi. We live in Japan! Nathan is American (originally from Indiana) and has been living abroad in Japan since 2008. Nathan came to Japan on a cultural work exchange program and decided to stay and work longer. We met in 2014 and fell in love. We have been living together in Tokyo for the past 5 years.
We would like to sincerely thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We think you are very courageous and brave for making the decision to consider adoption for your baby.
Our life is full of adventures, laughter, and love and we are so excited to share that love with our future child. More than anything, our dream is to become fathers. We promise to give your child all the best opportunities we can offer. Even though we live in Japan, we still have strong connections to our family and friends in the US.
About Us: We first met online in 2013. Since I lived in Tokyo, Japan and Kenichi lived in Osaka, Japan, we didn’t go on our first date until 2014. We had our first date at an okonomiyaki, “Japanese pizza”, restaurant in Osaka. I thought Kenichi didn’t like me at first, but I was so wrong! Kenichi kept messaging and calling me and from there, we both knew we had found the one. Good luck came our way and in 2015, Kenichi was transferred to Tokyo and we started to live together.
Kenichi proposed to me in May of 2019 in Azerbaijan, a country located by the Caspian Sea in Eastern Europe. Kenichi had secretly been planning to propose to me with my best friend. It was a total surprise for me. Seven months later, we got married at my aunt’s house on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It was a beautiful day and we were surrounded by our family. We were also fortunate enough to have a Japanese wedding in November of 2020 at a temple.
Get to Know Us:
- Nathan loves to listen to Kenichi’s laugh, which is very cute.
- We love going to yoga on the weekends to help us relax our minds and bodies.
- We enjoy walking around our neighborhood admiring all of the beautiful nature.
- At home, we love to watch different comedy shows.
- Traveling around the world excites us. It is a great experience to try the local food and encounter different cultures. We are always looking at different places to travel.
- We both have loving and caring families who are very eager for us to start a family!
About Nathan Written by Kenichi: Nathan, who grew up in the Midwest, has portrayed the image I had of Americans in a good way! I am very impressed with the fact that he is very kind and polite to people and values connections. From spending more time together, my feelings of Nathan’s good personality are further amplified. To me, he is my husband and an irreplaceable best friend. Because of Nathan, my values with me being Japanese have changed significantly.
Having worked in a nursery school, he was well known at the school as a great teacher. He was highly trusted and appreciated by the students’ parents and his colleagues. He will be a really good dad for our future child. Going forward, I can’t wait to see our child grow up with Nathan by their side.
Written by Nathan: I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. A few years after graduating college, I moved to Japan where I was a nursery school teacher for 12 years. Recently, I have opened up my own translation company, which allows me to set my own hours and work at my own pace. When we are blessed with a child, I am fortunate enough to be able to stay at home and take care of them until they are old enough to go to nursery school. Our future child will also be bilingual in English and Japanese.
I can’t wait to take our future child to Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea, Japanese summer festivals, and go to the beach in the summer.
I love traveling, studying foreign languages, and cooking for Kenichi. It makes me so happy when he says my food is delicious. I also LOVE karaoke. I can be found singing while cleaning and working throughout the day.
I truly hope that I can share some of my passions and provide your child the chance to explore their own unique interests and hobbies.
- Favorite Food: Cheese
- Favorite Music: JPOP
- Favorite Book: Memoirs of a Geisha
- Favorite TV Show: The Office
- Favorite Country to Visit: Korea
About Kenichi Written by Nathan: Kenichi is the most loving, caring, and empathetic person that I have ever met. He is so tall and handsome too!
He is very passionate about architecture and works hard to accomplish his goals. He is always thinking of me and whenever I am in need, he is always there for me. His caring nature is what drew me to him and this is how I know he will make a great father. I cannot wait for Kenichi to be a father!
Kenichi loves the outdoors, and I can see him going mountain climbing with our future child, teaching them how to swim, and having fun playing at the park. I can’t wait to raise a child with Kenichi.
Written by Kenichi: I grew up in the suburbs of Kyoto, Japan which is famous for its ancient city. When I was in junior high school, I played an active part in many school events, especially in the chorus contest, for which the school became very famous. I was also very involved in athletics (track and field) and I was a long-distance runner.
I went to a university in Fukuoka, which I had a deep connection to, and studied hard to become an architect. After a lot of hard work, I was able to create a network of many people who are connected to the present.
I work in an architectural design office from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Recently, I work from home one day a week. If we have the opportunity to welcome a child, I would like to increase the number of working days from home and spend as much time as possible with our child. I can also take up to 3 months off of work on paternity leave. I am very much looking forward to doing things with our child that will include my hobbies of being outdoors and traveling. I can’t wait to show our future child the world through our travels!
- Favorite Food: Nathan’s hamburger steak, curry, and of course sushi
- Favorite Animal: Cats
- Favorite TV Show: Brooklyn 99
- Favorite Country to Visit: Indonesia and Turkey
- Favorite Hobby: Mountain climbing and amusement parks
Our Home and Community
We live in a beautiful two-story home in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Suginami Ward of Tokyo. Within 5 minutes of our home are parks, nursery schools, and a huge river with lots of ducks, cranes, and Koi fish. Along the river you will find many families taking walks, exercising, and enjoying all of the greenery and flowers planted along the way. We are located between several train lines that easily gives us access to the main hubs of Tokyo, like the Ueno Zoo, Disneyland and Disney Sea, Legoland and more!
We can also see lots of children with their families spending time having picnics and playing in the large park just across from our house. In the summer, there are different water attractions that children can play in. We can’t wait to try it out with our future child!
Within the next few years, we are planning to build a house of our own. We have decided that we want even more space where we can have more room for a garden and do outdoor activities.
Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world to raise a child. It has a large international community where people from different backgrounds can come together.
Our Favorite Adventures:
- Going on safari in Kenya
- Scuba diving in New Caledonia
- Water rafting in Bali
- Traveling to mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan
- Exploring ancient ruins in Myanmar
- Mountain trekking in Australia with friends
- Trying the hot springs in New Zealand
- Visiting Spain with my Grandmother
- Snorkeling in the beautiful waters of Cebu, Philippines
- Riding in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey
Our Family and Friends
We are lucky to have a large extended family and a very supportive group of friends in the US and Japan. We’re blessed to be uncles to three adorable children – Veronica (loves art), Ashton (loves music), and Isis (loves drawing).
By Nathan: My mom Beth lives in Brampton, Canada, while my dad Daniel lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. My older sister Candy and her husband Shawn live in Brownsburg, Indiana with their three children. My twin brother Daniel (named after my dad) relocated to Louisville, Kentucky. Kenichi and I make an annual trip to Indiana for Christmas. Christmas is VERY important to my mom. The whole family loves to eat her famous homecooked holiday meals. Everyone is looking forward to adding another child to join us in our Christmas tradition!
By Kenichi: My family still lives in my hometown of Kyoto, Japan. I am so proud that my sister Ayako passed an exam to become a registered nurse. She is very excited to become an aunt! My mom Kyoko is a caregiver at a nursing home. My family values jobs that help people. In Japan, the Japanese New Year is the most important time of the year. We travel to Kyoto every year to visit my family where we relax and eat lots of food that is traditionally eaten during the new year. My family can’t wait to welcome our future child!
Top 5 Favorite Holiday Traditions – American & Japanese:
- We always decorate our Christmas Tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving
- We open up one present on Christmas Eve
- We never miss the ‘A Christmas Story’ movie marathon
- We make a trip to a temple on New Year’s Day to wish for good luck
- We LOVE to make and eat Japanese Mochi, a rice cake, during the Japanese New Year
Our Promises to You & Your Child:
- We promise to give your child the best education available.
- We promise to raise your child in a bilingual home.
- We promise to help your child find their passion in life.
- We promise to take your child all over the world on fun and exciting trips.
- We promise to raise your child in a loving and stable household.
- We promise to support you in any decision you make.
- We promise to make your child a part of our big and loving family and group of friends.
- We promise to welcome your child into our lives and accept you for who you are.
In Closing – Thank You! Thank you so much for considering us as adoptive parents to your child.
We hope our profile has helped you to get to know us a little better. It is a difficult decision ahead of you, but should you choose us, we will want to keep the connection between you and your child, if that is something you would like.