- - - 7/29/2017 - - -

BlueBerry Picking Again

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:51 pm

Blueberry picking again, this time I drove up with just Suzuna and Melina. It is amazing just how many blueberries my daughter can consume!

- - - 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.

- - - 2/17/2017 - - -

AnPanMan Museum

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:33 pm

For Melina’s birthday we took her to go see her favorite cartoon character, AnPanMan.
AnPanMan is super famous in Japan, and the AnPanMan museum in Yokohama is always crowded. Due to all the people and noise, Melina was a bit hesitant at first, but she really enjoyed seeing all her favorite characters and playing with all the exhibits. By the end of the afternoon she was pretty tired.

- - - 2/3/2017 - - -

Setsubun Sushi 2017

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:18 pm

Every year at my house for Setsubun, or bean throwing festival, we have a party and make sushi to eat in the lucky direction of the year. It usually goes as follows: Everyone makes their own sushi roll, everyone faces the lucky direction of the year (2017:NNW), sushi is eaten as quietly at possible, someone dresses up as the demon, everyone throws beans at the demon and forces him outside, bean cleanup, dessert time. Unfortunately this year, like last year, I stopped taking pictures after the sushi eating.

- - - 1/15/2017 - - -

Saitoyaki Festival

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:10 pm

This year we decided to go see the Saitoyaki festival at a shrine within walking distance from our house. The shrine had a large bonfire in the middle of the grounds and it was used for burning new years decorations for good luck in bringing in the new year. They also had sticks with red and white (colors of luck and prosperity) mochi ball attached to them that people could roast like marshmallows.

- - - 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…

- - - 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.

- - - 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.

- - - 7/31/2016 - - -

Beach BBQ and Fish

Filed under: — Andy @ 1:07 am

Suzuna’s brother invited us to a beach BBQ where a net is put out into the ocean from the beach and when the net is brought back in they cook whatever was in it. It was also Melina’s first time to play in the ocean!

- - - 7/23/2016 - - -

Yokodai Bonodori

Filed under: — Andy @ 1:10 am

This years local summer dance festival.