A New Kind of Travel: Ancestry Tourism with 23andMe

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

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When you travel, how do you pick your destination? For us, it's a number of different reasons. We tend to pick our destinations based on what we like: climate, food, activities, etc. But lately, we have been exploring the idea of Ancestry Tourism.  

OUR GREAT GRANDMOTHER ON OUR FATHER'S SIDE

OUR GREAT GRANDMOTHER ON OUR FATHER'S SIDE

OUR JAPANESE GRANDMOTHER ON THE TOP LEFT. THE LITTLE GIRL IS OUR MOTHER. 

OUR JAPANESE GRANDMOTHER ON THE TOP LEFT. THE LITTLE GIRL IS OUR MOTHER. 

We recently sent in our DNA for analysis through 23andMe's saliva collection kit. A very easy process where 23andMe sends you a kit and all you have to do is spit into a tube and then send it back in a pre-paid shipping box. Once your DNA results are ready, you will receive an email letting you know that they are ready for you to view online.

It can take up to 6-8 weeks to process your DNA, but it was actually much faster than that for me. I mailed my kit and a few days later I received an email (June 22) that it reached their lab for processing. On July 2, I received a follow-up email that my results were ready. So it took less than two weeks for my results.

23ANDME'S SALIVA COLLECTION KIT

23ANDME'S SALIVA COLLECTION KIT

We were excited to see the breakdown of our DNA so that we could compare our results. Although we are sisters, we imagined that there would be slight differences in the percentages. We knew that our DNA would most likely have Japanese and German results, but wanted to see if there was something else that would show up.

OUR MOTHER DRESSED UP FOR "COMING OF AGE DAY"

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