- - - 1/18/2018 - - -

Suzuna’s Bday French Dinner 4

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:59 pm

Same French restaurant for Suzuna’s birthday again this year.
Last Year
Last Last Year
Last Last Last Year

- - - 1/13/2018 - - -

Kanazawa Dondoyaki festival

Filed under: — Andy @ 11:10 pm

Unlike the small local one we visited last year, this year we went to the Dondoyaki festival in Kanazawa-bunko to see the big bonfire where all the new years decorations are burnt. We also got some good festival foods and enjoyed the beach a little while we were there.

- - - 12/20/2017 - - -

Vist to the Grand Canyon and back to LA

Filed under: — Andy @ 11:25 pm

For this years trip back to LA we decided to go on a road trip to the Grand Canyon.
Highlights were:
-Out of Africa Wildlife Park
-Sedona
-Meteor Crator
-Grand Canyon
-Antelope Canyon hiking
-Horseshoe bend
-Zion National Park
-Las Vegas

- - - 12/3/2017 - - -

Takao with Yanina and Haruma

Filed under: — Andy @ 4:10 am

We went to Mt. Takao for a kids hiking day and to see some Fall colors. Melina was a bit tired and didnt want to walk much at first, but near the end she was really motivated when we promised her a cookie at the top. Yanina with her mother, who is visiting our house from Scotland [again], really seemed to enjoy the mountain and tired herself out. She fell asleep halfway up. Haruma seemed to have fun but couldnt make up his mind on whether or not he wanted to walk or be carried. It took a lot longer to get to the top than I expected, but once we were at the top we all got cookies and snacks.

- - - 11/25/2017 - - -

Thanksgiving 2017

Filed under: — Andy @ 3:48 am

Every year my Thanksgiving parties get better and better, or so I like to think so. Im getting better at cooking the Thanksgiving essentials and adding more variety every time. Yet again, I was too busy cooking, cutting, and talking to take many good pictures of the party.

- - - 11/7/2017 - - -

Kumamoto

Filed under: — Andy @ 3:52 am

Here are some highlights of our short trip to Kumamoto. Places we visited include:
Amakusa Islands and Shimoda onsen
Milk road scenic drive
Various onsens around Oguni city including Kurokawa onsen
Making miso and staying at a retreat
Kujyu mountain range (previous post)
Cuddly Dominion and helicopter ride to view the cauldron of Mt. Aso
+This was Melina’s favorite part of the trip. She got to feed bears, touch capybaras, penguins, alpacas, and lots of other animals. She and Suzuna also got their first helicopter ride up to see the active volcano that had a large eruption in 2015. The Mt. Aso ropeway is still closed.
Kumamoto city: Ramen, Castle[ruins], and Japanese garden
+Kumamoto had a large earthquake in 2016 practically destroying Kumamoto castle. A sightseeing course walking around the grounds is open, but the main castle is still undergoing repairs and will not open for another 2 years. The entire castle complex is slated to take 20 years to repair.

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- - - 11/4/2017 - - -

Mt. Kujyu

Filed under: — Andy @ 4:23 am

Mt. Nakadake in the Kujyu mountain range is the highest peak in the Kyushu island of Japan.
As Suzuna and Melina were participating in other events, I had the day to myself to go climbing.
The range has a few mountain peaks all fairly close to each other, and my goal was to climb them all.
On the way up, it was windy and I was hiking in the clouds. However, when I made it to the top of the first peak [Mt. Kujyu] the clouds lifted and the weather was beautiful.
1. Mount Kujū (1,787 m
2. Mount Inahoshi (1,774 m)
3. Mount Nakadake (1,791 m)
4. Mount Hōsshō (1,762 m)

- - - 10/28/2017 - - -

Halloween Party

Filed under: — Andy @ 11:40 pm