- - - 4/16/2017 - - -

Easter Eggs and Dinner

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:54 am

We had our typical Easter this year with lots of egg coloring and a big Easter dinner.

- - - 4/15/2017 - - -

Watane Ichi #11

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:53 am

Watane Market #11, again Suzuna set up shop and sold her herbal teas and handmade soaps. It was a nice and sunny day but also very windy so a lot of the sellers packed inside to set up shop. As always there was good food and music and other performances. Melina enjoyed herself as well and spent the entire time running around and playing with various things. One of her favorites was fishing colorful balls and toys out of a big vat of water. Unfortunately we missed #10, but are looking forward to going to #12.

- - - 4/2/2017 - - -

Hiking with Melina

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:44 am

First hiking day of the year, of a long time for that matter, and also Melina’s first time to really go into the mountains. We went with my hiking club to a mountain with cherry trees on top, but unfortunately we were just a little bit to early for the cherry blossoms.
My daughter likes hiking! She had lots of fun running around and jumping on all the tree roots and down all the stairs, and picking up lots of rocks. I think this year we can start going out hiking a lot more often.

- - - 4/1/2017 - - -

Playing in the Log House

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:26 am

At a park near our house there is a log play house built for kids. There are nets and slides and secret passage ways and toys and blocks and lots of fun things for kids to play with. On rainy afternoons we like to go there and let Melina play and run around.

- - - 3/28/2017 - - -

Mother daughter trip to Ehime

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:15 am

Suzuna and Melina took a trip down to Ehime during the middle of the week to do some sight seeing and visit a friend.


Matsuyama castle


Jakoten, famous foods


City bus train


Dogo Onsen - Oldest in Japan


Ferry to Deer Island


Anpanman train!

- - - 3/19/2017 - - -

Making Miso

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:08 am

Melina and Suzuna running a homemade Miso workshop.


rice


rice, salt, and miso yeast


soy beans


smashing


mixing


making miso balls


putting them into the drum for a year to ferment into miso

- - - 3/3/2017 - - -

Girls Day Sushi Balls

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:43 pm

March 3 is Girls Day in Japan. This year we all (Melina helped) made Hina sushi balls.

- - - 2/17/2017 - - -

Melina 2 Years Old!

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:36 pm