- - - 1/14/2017 - - -

Squirrel Park

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:37 am

Years and years ago I was in a bus and we drove past a squirrel park. Finally, the opportunity arose to take the daughter and visit that place I saw years ago. Melina was super exited to see all the squirrels but was still a bit afraid to feed or touch them. The park also had rabbits and guinea pigs to feed as well. Honestly, I think I had just as much fun as my daughter…

- - - 1/1/2017 - - -

Osechi New Year 2017

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:33 am

Suzuna’s New Years foods get better each year:

- - - 12/18/2016 - - -

Melina 22 Months

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:11 am

- - - 12/11/2016 - - -

Japan Game Market 3

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:10 am

A co-worker from the States was in Japan on business, and I found out that he was also interested in board games. I mentioned the Japan board game show which was on the weekend and we ended up going together. Nothing too unique this year as well, but we still had some fun playing various games. Walking around the expo, it was nice to see how much it has grown in the last few years.

- - - 11/26/2016 - - -

Thanksgiving 2016

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:00 am

This year’s Thanksgiving was another success. There were lots of guests and great food. This year was even extra good as there is another American living in our house [Lisa] that is a very good chef who also made a bunch of dishes and desserts. My friend from work and his family also came this year to enjoy the party.

- - - 11/11/2016 - - -

Chiba Castles

Filed under: — Andy @ 4:42 am

The family and I took a last minute trip out to Chiba. We didnt really have any plans, so we just decided to drive around and see what we could find. We took the tunnel that goes under the Tokyo Bay on the way there and just keep going across the prefecture. We made it to Otaki where there was a very nice herb garden and shop for the wife to look at. We also made it to Otaki Castle before they closed. We then drove down the east coast looking for dinner before we stopped and had some nice seafood. By the time we ate and made it down to Kamogawa we were pretty tired but didnt have any place to stay, so we ended up putting the seats down in the car to make a bed and camped out in the car for the night. We had our sleeping bags with up so it wasnt cold, and Melina really enjoyed the experience. The next morning, we made our way to Tateyama, but before we got there we found a small but very nice festival/flea market type event. We spent the morning there eating lots of good foods and looking around. Afterwards we made it to Tateyama and climbed up to Tateyama Castle. The view from the castle was very impressive. Near the castle was Akayama Underground Tunnels that were built around WWII and are among the largest surviving air-raid shelters in Japan. Lastly we drove up the west coast, stopped at a temple in a mountainside, and took the ferry across the bay back home.

- - - 10/31/2016 - - -

Halloween Party 2016

Filed under: — Andy @ 4:19 am

This years Halloween party was another success.
Everyone made an array of different Halloween themed foods. This year I made some ribs and sausage and arranged them to look like a person. It didn’t turn out as nicely as I would have liked it but they were very delicious.

- - - 10/17/2016 - - -

Melina 20 Months

Filed under: — Andy @ 4:22 am