I love to read and write, to take care of kitties, to try new recipes and to discuss books over tea. Click a post and join me!

Rolls of toilet paper | Come walk with Sharon at SharonsWalkabout.com

La Petite Comode, an ode to Japanese Toilets

Toilets in Japan are the best in the world!  When I think of “famous Japanese technology”, I think of their toilets.  An entire nation can take pride in the design of the Japanese toilet.  It is like they took something…

Roses for sale | Come walk with Sharon at SharonsWalkabout.com

How does your garden grow?

When you arrive at Hachioji Station or almost all other Stations, you will find a flower shop near by. Whether it is to treat yourself to a little color at home or to pick up a gift for a friend,…


This booth is taken ….

We took our time one morning, sleeping, playing on the computer, watching TV.  It was about 10:00 am before we got in the car for a quick drive to McDonalds for breakfast.  Fortunately, it is not far away – as…


In the mean time …..

I have been in Japan over six months now and life here is good to and for me.  My daughter, Marci and son-in-law, Akira have been  great to live with and we really do all seem to enjoy one another…

Getting your hair washed at a hair salon in Japan | SharonsWalkabout.com

Grooming day

Something I really look forward to is having my hair done.  The experience of being pampered and fussed over is quite lovely.  I have enjoyed the experience here in Japan as well.   Of course, there were a few differences.…

brown eggs - What's up with the eggs | sharonswalkabout.com

What’s up with the eggs here?

Years ago when visiting Japan, the itinerary included a trip on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Osaka. In preparation for the trip, we stopped at several small merchant stands to pick up various snacks.  I noticed about a dozen hard-boiled…


About Sharon

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I spent most of my life there raising a family, owning a business and being involved with the community.

Now a senior citizen, I live with my daughter, Michelle and her husband, George in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Just before coming to Dearborn, I had the chance to live with my daughter, Marci and her husband, Akira for almost a year in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan. I have a bonus daughter too, Mikaela who lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I am blessed to have these women as daughters and these men as sons-in-law, my teachers one and all.

I begin writing six years ago as a way to keep in touch with friends and family while I was living in Japan. This led to contributing to a book and now I am working on a memoir.

HI I'm Sharon from sharonswalkabout.com

I'm a contributing author!

Looking for a good book to read? I think you will enjoy Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck’s book, Goodness Abounds:  365 True Stories of Loving Kindness, available on Amazon. There are over 275 Soulful Contributors of which I am but one. I chose to tell a story about the life of a precious kitty named Amelia. Read her story here >>

Sharon Smith is a contributing author in Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness, an Amazon Bestseller.