E-mail from NHK Viewers

Below is a collection of e-mail that we received after the NHK broadcast of the RVing Lifestyle documentary.  Most are from the March 9, 2002 Japan broadcast.  Our story of the filming can be seen on http://www.roadschool1.com/nhk.htm

We really enjoyed receiving and reading all the e-mail.  Since the filming we have seen Kenshi (interviewer and American correspondent), and have meet up with Greg and Jenn twice.  Greg, Jenn and their three kids are the other family in the documentary. They quit work, sold their house and were just leaving for day one of their adventure.  We just saw them in February, 2002 in the town of Camp Verde, Arizona.

We have also passed on these "thanks yous" to the film crew that did a wonderful job producing this documentary and especially Hidi, the producer, who had the idea and interest in the American RVing lifestyle.


Hello Mitch,
I watched you and your family through the TV program recetly broadcast
in all over Japan. I was almost breathless when you were struggling at
the cliff in Death Valley national Park. Yes, you are already famous in
our country.
And I am sure that many people including myself envy your lifestyle and
expecting you will have much unique experiences in the coming on-road
For Japanese it seems very difficult to jump into the same world as
yours, but if I have an opportunity to come across somewhere in the
world, let me say hello again.

It is mail from Japan.
Your RVing was broadcast on March 9, 2002.
Set in the program called NHk special at 21:15 to 22:00.
NHK is broadcasting to the Japan whole country.
Many Japanese people knew you.
I am also the one person.
Good rack


To the Nodland Family
Somewhere in Alaska, perhaps (?)

Dear Cheryl, Ed, Mitch and Max,

Greetings from Tokyo!  It's Saturday evening in Japan now.

Hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of Japanese TV viewers including
myself and my wife have just watched, on the NHK documentary program, how
your family has been living and learning on the road in the past few years.
I just wish you all my best regards, and hope you are still enjoying, and
learning from, the "RV Travel" life style as much as before.

The 45-minute program was very well researched, and nicely edited, focusing
on three families, each at different life stage and from different
background.  Many Japanese viewers must have been very much impressed by
your courageous decision to start the raod-school (nice name) life, leaving
the established profession and life style in Seattle behind.

Now that I have found your family web site, I will be able to keep tracking
down your moves from now on!  I look forward to reading the existing and
future web contents to share your experiences throughout the U.S.

Wishing you a continuing, safe and fruitful journey.

With warmest regards,


Dear Ed, Cheryl, Mitch,Max.,and Cocoa,

I am now watching a TV program about your family and some others enjoying  RV, and moved very much in Japan.
As I found your home page in the program, I tryed to access it.
I hope all of you will coninue to enjoy your happy mobile life.
Have a safe driving !

Danny Shirakawa, from Tokyo

I am a 68yrs young Japanese window washer from Tokyo Japan.
I just enjoyed watching the televised story of your everyday life.
I guess more than ten million people watched this
prime-time-show in Japan. But Cocoa did not appear in the show.

I put a bookmark on  your site. Happy traveling!!

Dear Nod land family,

I watched the TV program on NHK in Japan which was broadcasting about
your family with other families cases. I was especially so impressed
with your family because I could see the good old american family which
I have seen in many old movies. I think Mich and Max have a really
wonderful and powerful father. When Mich could not back from the rock
mountain, Father did not scold Mich but teach him a lot by telling him
the way we should do on the mountain. People usually ask that how about
the school but I think that it would be the time when two of the kids
want to go to the school. Until then, I think it is very important that
the father and mother could really teach their children by themselves.

In Japan, we also would ask the same question when we encounter your
family but I think ordinary thing could not be the best thing. Children
must learn many things throughout the journey.

To study in the school is not the only way to learn the many things I

In the future, I and my wife (we do not have kids however) want to do
journey by camping car in America. I think it would be very difficult to
do in Japan because Japan is rather small compared to USA and there are
not so many camping sights which could have such a big camping car.

I wonder if there are any system that after we buy the camping car in
USA and when we do not use the car, any company could manage or
administrate it while we are in Japan so that we can travel to USA
sometime. This system is a kind of Vacation rental in the real estate
business. Many Japanese have houses in USA which would be used vacation
rental while they are not in USA. When we buy the house in USA, we
usually ask some real estate company to administrate their vacant
houses. So I just wonder if there are any above system in USA. I think
we could afford to buy the camping car instead of the real house.

Anyway, I hope your family is well and you can continue nice travel.

Best regards,

It observed a television.
It was very much moved.
Continue a good trip from now, too.

from techan
44 years old

Dear Nod land family,

I watched your nice life on TV, NHK/Japan on Mar '02.
We live in Kamakura, Japan, have 3 daughters (years/ 5years/4years) in

My eldest daughter is Michiko, called Mitch, so we are interested in your
In Japan few family have small RV, and I've never head RV in whole life.
But I'm interested in such life style, if possible we would like to have RV
in our
silver age.

We hope your traveling and learning goes to your goal.

Sincerely yours,
Jun Sugimoto

*I searched your Home Page in Internet. TV didn't show your URL.

I just couldn't help writing you this mail.  I am now watching a TV program
you are on in Japan.
It is really amazing to know that there is a family like you.
I am so impressed that your life style is my ideal life.
You know, on the road, you can notice and realize what you cannot in an
ordinary life in a house on the ground.  I am sure you are having a great
even though difficulties may happen sometimes.
Good luck on the road!!


Hello ED, Cheryl, Mitch and Max !

I am now seeing you on Japanese TV on NHK !!

I am envying you all travelling all around the United States as a

I am living in Tsukuba Science City, Ibaraki Prefecture of Japan.
I know you will find out where I am living over the net.

I visit the States frequently over the business trip(as Ed did
during his business days -- leaving family at home... :(

I hope someday, when you're in Silicon Valley, we can shake hands
or when you visit Japan doing so.

Take care for all and have a safety drive(not a trip, that I know).

Regards, Yoshio Murata(mr.)

Dear Ed, Cherly and your family members

My name is Osamu Nagai from Tokyo Japan and It is nice to know your life on
TV tonight. Your life style was televised all over Japan. RV life is not
popular in Japan because the land is too small compared to the States.

Your family tie and life style with your kids are very interesting and I can
see the bottom line of life through the TV program. I have two boys who are
little bit older than yours.

Anyway, right after the program, I just wanted to say hello to you and I
will look at your homepage from tme to time. Please take care of yourselves
and best regards

Osamu Nagai

Hello!! I am Lisa Kuwahara ,japanese,24years old lady .
I watched NHK program about your roadschool  tonight!
I really envy your life! I also respect the way you educate your
children. I think many people want to live like you do but
in reality....,  it's realy difficult to jump out from the everyday life.
 i  really would like to know how you are doing through internet!!
Have a great trip!!!!!!!


My name is Aki. I emailed from Japan. I've just watched on TV NHK(Japanese
most dignified TV station)

I am inpressed your way of thinking. Ofcourse, It is not always fun, but
children must come to appreciate to you ten years later.

I might see youon the road last year. I used to lived in Hawaii and come
back to Japan after 911emegency.before leaving hawaii I drove all over the

I just wanted to say that you are great and tell children your parents are
greatest in the world. Thank you so much.

best regards

Akihiro Kashihara

Ed, Cheryl, Mitch and Max, How do you do?

I am Mr. Akira Wakabayashi. I'm a Japanese. I watched your family on TV
tonight. Your family is wonderful. My wife and I think "How we envy your

Hello,my name is Masashi.I am now watching TV program about you in
It is really impressive !! The traffic situation in Japan is quite
different from North America,
narrow roads,busy cities,,,,many people,,, and no parking space for big
so it  is not realistic to have a life as you have, I am a father of
five years old daughter,Harumi and a husband of  Kayoko.They are my
We all have interest of your adventure .please run-around the world
..instead of us.we will check your web page from time to time.

Have a safe drive and adventure !!  How about driving  to Japan

Masashi Kawaguchi

Hi.now I saw your famiries broad casting ,fromNHK,Japan-TV.
Idn't know,it's a picture last year,isn't it.
Now i know ,watcthing your home page.
How about your son?
both of them ,fine?
I recommende your sons one book,In To The WILD.
Writen by John Krakauer,He wrote Mountain documentary story,
  In To Thin Air ,A Mountain Higher Than Everest   and more.
That's tale's about one young persoan who trabeling all over the US
 and he dead in Alaska for hunger.
I deaply impresed ! For Hi's life is the just same as me ,maybe you, and your sons.
If you red the book ,prease send me an impression about that.
MY E-MAIL adress is

 I thank you for your readding my lettre.

                    see you!       Kouji Utumi , Fukuoka,Japan.
                                                                                   2002 march 9

Hello! I watched your travels.tv program in JAPAN.

It's wonderful.

Of course, your web page was seen happily.
It is waiting also for the mail which tells a situation to pleasure.

I watched the program and it was impressed very much.
I am 35-year-old single's man.

I have traveled from LOS ANGELS to NEW YORK alone seven years ago.
 A car, a bicycle, on foot, a camp, etc.
DEATH VALLEY also went. I wanted to take a trip alone then.
But I thought that it would travel together with [ in the future ]
my wife and a child.

This program was truly impressed as it was catching
its future sight.When realizing, I want to meet you and to carry out
gratitude very much.

Probably, Mitch and Max have grown up.
Look forward to the day which can meet me.(^^)

I am praying continuing a safe and pleasant trip.
And it dreams of the day which can meet in the future.
It was able to meet the wonderful family.
It is thankful to you.


Dear Mitch and your family
How do you do?
My name is Tsutomu Nakada. When I was in US., they called me Tom.
Today 3/9/2002 I've just watched you on the TV in Japan.
You look very happy and seem enjoying RV life.
And I remembered our life in Cal. We lived in Silicon valley called
I have a son named Takaaki. He likes basket ball very mach. Here in Japan
NBA is not major. And It's on air in the midnight. He recorded it to watch
in the daytime.
He will start to play basket ball in high school beginning in April. And he
wants to go to US. after finishing high school.
If you have a chance, please send a e-mail to him.
Your family life is one of what I like to do.

Hello,Everyone ofthe Nod land family ,
Wehave just watched your travel prgram by Japanese TV program.
You encouraged me and my wife. We want to say just thank you.
Masaichi & Noriko Chiba from tokyo,  we hope  you go well.

Dear Mitch

Sorry I suddenly send a mail.
I'm a TV viewer in Japan.
Just now, I've seen  you and your family's RV life on TV program  in Japan
(March 2).
and really  inspired by your life.
So I visited your web site.
When I was a boy, really didn't like  so-called compulsory education.
But now I grow up to be a man :-).

Anyway, have a nice adventure life.


Dear, Nodland Family

Nice to meet you !

 I am sorry about sending e-mail not meeting you yet. However, I do not
think I have ever met you. Because I saw you on TV program at NHK(Japanese
TV) tonight.

I am 33 year old Japanese and have 3 year old boy, 1 year old girl, and
lovely wife.
I am very moved about your life and hope having life same as you with my

I have lived in Grand Junction,Colorado 10 years ago. Have you ever been
there? It have great canyon named Colorado National Monument. You can see
wonderful view from there like Grand Canyon. You should visit there if you
have not ever been.

Anyway, I am sorry that poor English.  I foregut English because 10 years
long from leaving The US.

Finally, I cheer you up far from Japan. So, please do not forget there is a
person that care you live near Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Take care yourself !!



I am Japanese, and have just watched a program on TV about your family.  I
was very interested in your life style driving whole country in the states.
I really like to send my regards and hope you have a nice life from now on
and please take care of your nice two sons and wife and yourself too.
Are you reading my e-mail in your RV car?
Good luck!

B. Regards,
Greetings from Japan

Yasuhiro Kuroda

Hello, my name is Motoko.
I'm Japanese,in my 30's.
My husband and I have just watched the NHK's documentary on TV about your
RVing life tonight.

Your idea and lifestyle brought my brain a nice fresh breeze.
Recently I have been thinking about our
future that if we should have a child, our own house etc....

But I realized that the most important  thing is to decide "How we want to
first, not thinking about what other people do or have.
If we know it very well, we have only to try our best to live our own way,
don't we?

Surely we have to live as well as we could since our life spending the
precious time of our own.

We are very lucky that we could
watch your program.
So we want to say thank you all, and NHK.

Hope all of you keep having a good life.

*** Mo ***

From: hkkato

Hi! Dear Nodlands!
My name is Hiroshi, Japanese guy, aged 54. I wached your family life on
T.V. tonight and was very impressed. I admire your life style so much. I
wish I could live with my family like that. But it's impossible in Japan.
Japan is too small to travel so long. We will have no place to go after one
year travel. And we have no
facililty for RVers exept parking lots for camp which is open only in summer
Do you find foreign RVers in US?  I want to travel North America by RV
someday, if it's possible.
Until that day, I will travel with you through your home page.
I wish you good luck!

Sincerely Yours,

Nod land family!
How do you do.

I'm a Japanese guy living in Japan.
I've watched TV program and that was about people who
lives and traveling with RV house around U.S.A.
After that program, I've found your web-site and now I'm
typing e-mail to you all.

I was so excited about the way you think and the way you
On the way your travel, lots of people was asking that
"Are kids going to school?"
Well, the answer is clear!
"Travel and Learnig  Come Together!"right?

I've been to U.S.A. (Denver) only once.
Now, I feel like to go there again!

Well, good luck to you all, and thank you for reading my

Rio Iwafuji

from Japan

Hello !
My name is Ayako Yamaguchi. I live in Japan. I am sorry to send a mail such

Today I watched the TV program about you and your family. So I tryed to
access your homepage.

 I am not good at English. But pictures of your adventures are very
interesting and make me happy.  I hope I travel all U.S.A. like you ! (Japan
is too small to travel by the RV).

I am going to access your homepage again.
Have a nice journey!

Ayako Yamaguchi

Hi, Ed.
This is Nobuyuki Suzuki, Japan.

Tonight I happened to watch a NHK TV program, which showed your family. I
got touched with your ways of living. So right after watching it, I found
your web sight, by the key words 'ed, mitch, nhk'.

By your story with NHK staffs on the web, I knew the incident, in which your
kid got stuck on the halfway cliff, was real, not just made for the TV

I remained your kid's harmonica playing in the car in my mind. The TV showed
very well your kids growing with you, parents.

I am a father of two little kids, and an eager English learner.

Are you still traveling in the car anywhere now?
Thank your for your interesting American family introduction to us.
Have safe and nice travel on!
(Keiko Suzuki)

From: kuru100100

How do you do, it is the Japanese who says Keiichi Kamide.
Your family was seen on television (NHK).

A person must live with my thought. A person wants to live
happily as long as he is living. Therefore a person  must
succeed. It is education to make the judgment to find that
way by oneself that it can do it.

In addition, to be more important is to tell that it
should be the human being who is good for the person for
the society for the country for the world .
                     Thank you .

Dear Ed, Cheryl, Mitch and Max

I watched a documentary program of your family's
road trip on NHK-TV Saturday night. I searched Road School
homepage and the Road Trip with NHK page simultaneously.
It strongly impressed me.The reverse coverage which
is not in TV program was very interesting.
Thank you very much for giving a dream.

Thak you again

              Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan

I saw NODLAND family on TV in Japan.
I was quite impressed in free life style.
But I have a question.
How is kid's education?
How is commnication to society?

Tokyo Japan
Tsutomu Hayashi

Dear the Nodlands,

Yesterday I knew your family through a TV program of NHK in Japan.I liked the way you live and impressed your power and the US culture which enable your RV to go on. Also, that program made me think, what'is the meaning of a family, society, relations with those, etc.

I'm a 27 year-old graduate student.I cannot live like you but I'd like to see many people and learn a lot from your site with you.
Now, you're in Alaska? spring isnt coming there yet?
How are Mitch and Max doing? You're growing day by day, much more than those whom I watched on TV, are you?
Well, please take care and I'm looking forward to your updating sites from Japan!

Hello. I'm Yuko in Tokyo.
I watched an HNK documentary about you last night.
I'm 30 years old woman working for Reuters Japan.
In Japan, the way of living like you is not popular.
I was impressed by your family bond.
Your kids' growing through the journey was also great!!
Japan is a small island, so we cannot see such grandeur of nature
you are experiencing during your journey.
I hope you get more and more great things through your journey.!!



I'm Japanese and watched your life on TV program yesterday, recorded by
NHK. On TV, they didn't introduce your URL, but I rememer on the screen
there is the words; road school. I searched it through www.yahoo.com with
the keyworkds: "road", "school", "mitch" and "max". That is very impressed
and you have extraordinary lifestyle, and I like it very much. You will
learn and study touching cultures, natures etc.

I work in Airline Industries. I was surprised that Ed used to work for
Boeing when I had a look into your family page on the website. I'm in
import-export department (we call it sales dept.) and contacting
manufactures, vendors in USA, Canada and European countries, and manage
aircraft parts for purchases and repairs. Mostly I do take care of repairs.
If you know some, that's Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, GE, SAAB etc.

Hi Mitch and Max,

How are you? I read an article, written about Mardi Gras. I was in New
Orleans for Mardi Gras, 2001 too. Actually I was there for one month to
study English at Tulane University. They have classes for foreigners. It's
called ESL (English as Second Language). There is no Americans, that's
international classes, students are all over the world whom mother tongue
is not English, and my roommate was Argentina. The one month became my
treasure in my heart, I leant English, felt Latin cultures, spending with
my roommate, tasted cajun food and Mardi Gras season. I went to many
parades every day after school with international friends and Americans I
met at Tulane. I might see you, but I didn't hear your horn sounds... I was
calling to clue on floats, like "PLEASE!!" "HERE I AM!!" to get beads. That
was very fun for me.
Reading your article will be my English practice.

Take care,
Yoichi Higashida

 Hello, I am sending this message from Japan,
 My husband and I saw the program(NHK) about your family on TV yesterday.
 We were deeply impressed with your choice/decision for the way of life and
 also were impressed your son's(Mitch) comments and his growth through the
 We are 37 years old, but have no child. But we feel a great interest in
 Recently in Japan, the problems about education and children are getting
increase, overprotection, boys and girls' crimes, relation with parents, etc..

 By the way, my husband's dream, after retirement, is to travel over the US
by a car.
 So we have to gather useful informations after now.  I think many Japaneses
want to  do that,too.  It is difficult for us to do same thing here in Japan because
of many reasons.

 Soon we will have the beautiful season of cherry blossoms here.
 I hope you will be able to come to Japan in this season someday.

 Thank you for reading my message in poor English.
 I want to write more and more, but it is hard for me to write a letter in
 Just I want to say hello and  to tell our impressions .

 A RI GA TO and SA YO NA RA ( thank you and good bye)

 Kaoru Iwaki

Dear Mr. Ed Nodland,

I watched your program last night and found your Web site by a search engine.  I also found the backgroud of this program through "Road Trip with NHK".

My name is Kenji Watanabe in my 50s.  NHK introduced you by saying "he quited his job in the personell department in a biggest airplane company in Seattle area."  There is only the Boeing.

Actually I stayed in Lynnwood for 4 months to design a flap driving mechanism for the 767 in the Everette plant in 1979.  I worked for Kawasaki Heavy Industries at that time.  As you worked for 20 year for the Boeing, there is a possibility that we met there if you started to work from 1978.

Your life style to hopping around by an RV is one of my options I will follow after my retirement at 60.

Thank you for your informative life style.  I will try to continuously read your reports from now on.  I look forward to the one to Alaska and on what behaviour your son Mitch will take when he gets older and want to be independent.

Best regards,

Kenji Watanabe living near Kobe

How do you do. My name is Shingo Ogura,male teacher of an elementary school
in Japan,age 42.I have 9 families ,wife,daugter age11,son age8,son age0,my
parents,and grand parents.
I watched you on TV NHK last night. So I was very impressed.
In this morning,I tried to search your homepage.And then,immedeately,
 I could find it.Very excited. Very impressed.
And the pictures are very beautiful.
 I'd like to tell my pupil about your family,wonderful lives ,brabe,and so
 Thank you very much. I always cheer you!

I think what you are doing is great.  I wish I had that kind of fun when I was young, because, you see, experience is the best teacher.  I am happy to know that your children will learn, and you documented it so others can learn as well.

thank you,


Go to home page
Previous Adventure (Winter 2002)
 Next Adventure  (Planning for Alaska))
ã copyright Nodland 1999-2020