- - - 10/30/2005 - - -

Futsal again

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:09 pm

Yay, I played futasl again. Playing futsal is really fun and is quite good exercise. I am one of the better people of the group I play in, so I really enjoyed setting up other players on my team to score. I don’t have as many pictures as last time but here is one of our group at least…

- - - 10/28/2005 - - -


Filed under: — Andy @ 9:49 am

I went to my friend’s ballet performance. It was by no means a professional performance but it was still interesting to watch, especially when the kids were dancing. It was nice to see a ballet show for once as I cant remember the last time I actually saw one. I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to take pictures or not but it doesn’t matter as with the low light and fast movement they didn’t turn out very well anyway.

- - - 10/27/2005 - - -


Filed under: — Andy @ 6:37 pm

Here is one big ‘kamakiri’ …

Frisbee at the Park

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:35 pm

Here are some pictures of another Sunday trip to the park. Very soon the fall colors will be in full season.

Here I am trying to master plate spinning. It is harder than it seems, but I soon got the hang of it.

- - - 10/24/2005 - - -

Yokosuka Base

Filed under: — Andy @ 4:13 am

A bunch of people from my building decided that it would be a good idea to go have a BBQ. The location: Sarushima, which literally translates into Monkey Island. I don’t know if it is like the game or not because we never really got to the island. Although the weather report said that it would clear up in the afternoon it never did stop raining all day. By the time we got to the ferry terminal we figured that there would be no way to have a BBQ. Luckily for us there was another option. On that same day there was a festival in Yokosuka and since there was a festival the US Navy base was open to the public. We watched the festival and went to the base to get some American culture and food. Although it was nice to visit the base again, I was not overly enthralled. I am still American and things American are still just the same boring things. I was surprised by how much I remember of the Yokosuka area even though it has been an incredibly long time since I last visited. I guess it was still nice to have a day out to socialize and get some exercise.

At the ferry terminal and its still raining.

Yay, a festival…

…Lets go to the Yokosuka base.


We had some good walking.

- - - 10/17/2005 - - -

Koganei Car Show

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:26 pm

Wow, I’ve been pretty busy lately with no time to post anything. Which is much better than having nothing to do. Here are some of the pictures from the Koganei Car Show I went to about 3 weeks ago.

Look at the photo gallery for all the pictures: Koganei Car Show

- - - 10/7/2005 - - -

Rice Vending Machine

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:35 pm

Japan has vending machines for everything, even rice. I was told that these rice vending machines are run by groups of local farmers so the rice is a little more expensive but really good. I am going to try it out next time I need rice.

Strange Basket

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:30 pm

I think it would be difficult to play basketball on a hoop like this…

- - - 10/6/2005 - - -

Nasu Engrish

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:09 pm

- - - 10/3/2005 - - -

Nasu Photo Gallery

Filed under: — Andy @ 9:43 pm

Take a look at the Nasu Photo Gallery


Filed under: — Andy @ 3:06 am

It’s been a long time, so I went up to Utsunomiya to visit my friend Matt once again. This time we took a trip to Nasu. Nasu is close to Nikko and has the same kinds of things which are hot springs and nature. It was a really fun filled day. We took the train followed by a bus to Nasu. Once there we climbed to the top of the volcano that constantly spewed sulfurous gasses. The climb itself was really great. There were lots of boulders and rocks to make our way though, and the view was absolutely amazing. Once we got down the mountain we took a hike through some temple grounds to the hot spring. The hot spring was called “Shika no Yu” which means…“Deer Water”. The hot spring was really old and had many different baths of different temperatures but all had the same natural sulfur rich water. I was challenged by an old guy in the hot spring and went in the 46 degree bath. I was practically boiled alive, but the feeling afterward was of pure relaxation. Of course, before I went back home we had gyoza in Utsunomiya for dinner.

Matt and I posing at the base of the mountain.

"If you can find a purple flower and bring it to the top of the mountain…”

Looking down on the hike up.

Yet more genki old ladies in Japan.