- - - 12/19/2020 - - -

Feeding Pigeons

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:25 pm


- - - 11/15/2020 - - -

Camping with School Friends

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:59 pm

We went camping with some of Melina’s school friends near the Tanzawa lake dam. The kids had lots of fun running around the park near the dam, playing and collecting firewood. We then set up our tents and had a great campout complete with Smores. The following day was spent hiking, playing in the forest, and then back to the dam again for some lunch and views before heading home.

- - - 10/24/2020 - - -

Sports Day #3

Filed under: — Andy @ 11:08 pm

Despite everything else going on this year, it was deemed safe enough [especially being in Japan] to hold the annual Sports Day events at my daughters school with a lot of added precautions. I am also really glad they didnt cancel it, as Sports Day is one of those events that as a parent we can see just how much our child is growing and maturing. Looking back at last year and the year before, it is really great to see that Melina has changed so much in her three years in preschool. This year she ran and danced, played and smiled, fought her best in the events, and was a big part of her class team. I am so proud of her and also excited to see what she can do in the coming years.


Getting ready for the big event. Tire tug of war!


It is an all out battle to see what class can get the most tires to their side.


Lining up for the relay race.


Almost there.

- - - 10/8/2020 - - -

Baking Focaccia

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:59 pm

- - - 8/13/2020 - - -

Dinosaur Dress

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:07 pm

Melina dressed up in her favorite dress and went around the house and yard telling me to take pictures. Here are two of the nicer ones:

- - - 7/17/2020 - - -

Swallowtail Butterfly #5

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:03 pm

- - - 7/11/2020 - - -

New Bug Net Hiking

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:00 pm

Melina wanted a bug net to help her catch even more bugs. So after getting one we went for a small hike in the mountains to see what kinds of bugs we can catch.


A nice dragonfly.


I guess it can also be used to catch fish.

- - - 7/6/2020 - - -

Swallowtail Butterfly #4

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:58 pm

- - - 6/21/2020 - - -

Park and Old House Museum

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:40 pm

I learned about a park that is close to us that has a small museum with an old Japanese house. To get to the house we had to hike up a hill through a beautiful bamboo forest. Melina found a giant grasshopper that she caught and brought with her. Seeing the old large house was pretty interesting as well. Melina got to take a picture with a cosplayer for what I was told is the currently popular anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”.

- - - 2/17/2020 - - -

Melina is 5!

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:23 pm

It seems the whole house turned up to wish Melina a happy birthday. Like last year both Suzuna and I made cakes. This year when I asked Melina what kind of cake she wanted, she said she wanted a rainbow cake so I tried my best. I think it turned out better than I was expecting, but honestly I would rather eat the cake Suzuna made. Melina had a great time, enjoyed both the cakes, and got some Legos, art supplies, and other small toys.