- - - 2/2/2021 - - -

Setsubun 2021

Filed under: — Andy @ 1:54 am

We had a Setsubun party as usual. We made our sushi rolls and ate them facing the lucky direction. Melina dressed up in her homemade Oni mask and everyone threw beans at her this year.

- - - 10/26/2020 - - -

Camping and Kayaking

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:04 pm

We went to a campground in Chiba that I have been wanting to try out. The campground is right next to a river/lake and has a rental canoe for exploring the river. We went on a Sunday night so had the campground mostly all to ourselves. The river had lots of birds, turtles, and other wildlife to look at as well as a secret little tunnel to go through.

- - - 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”.

- - - 3/15/2020 - - -

COVID-19 in Japan

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:18 pm

The middle of March is when Japan starts seeing a large increase in COVID-19 numbers.
The US Base goes into lockdown mode and tells everyone to stay at home.
Japan declares a National Emergency and asks everyone to stay home.

We dont get to do too many exiting things in the next few months…

- - - 2/3/2020 - - -

Setsubun 2020

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:31 pm

There was a lot of people again for the bean throwing festival at the house. Melina liked making and eating the sushi rolls, and this year she made her own Oni mask at school.

- - - 11/30/2019 - - -

Thanksgiving 2019

Filed under: — Andy @ 5:42 am

I was too busy cooking and entertaining that I didnt get many good pictures of the Thanksgiving party again this year, but I will say that it was another great success. The foods and dessert were delicious, and as usual there were a lot of kids running around having fun.

- - - 7/26/2019 - - -

Yokodai Bonodori

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:25 am

- - - 5/18/2019 - - -

Vege and Fork market

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:12 pm

It had been a while since Suzuna last participated in a market selling her homemade goods, so this years Vege and Fork market was a great opportunity. Everyone had fun, especially Melina and myself as we walked around and ate lots of good food, played in the hammock, and Melina made some friends and starting climbing the trees.

- - - 2/3/2019 - - -

Setsubun 2019

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:11 pm

This year’s sushi roll and bean throwing party was great. The lucky direction this year is east-north-east. Melina ate one and a half sushi rolls, and I was so impressed, and proud, at how hard she threw beans at the oni this year.

- - - 12/13/2018 - - -

Japanese style wedding photos

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:10 pm

Some photographer friends of ours offered to take some pictures of us in traditional Japanese wedding outfits. Although it was 3 years after we signed our wedding papers it was still a great opportunity and an interesting experience. We went and walked around the local park as well as took pictures around our house. I was surprised at just how many different layers they dressed me up in and how long it took. It took even longer to get Suzuna’s hair done and her dressed up as. Melina even dressed up and we got some nice family pictures.