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Summer – BBQ, Projects and etc

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Aug 102016
 

I had a translation job for International Baccalaureate program workshop in Tokyo. During the 5 days, kids went to a space science center by 10 minutes walking from my parents house. The science museum offered different projects every day.IMG_1849They experimented a law of the pendulum,
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We did BBQ several times. Yokohama Costco is not far from my parents house. We did hamburger, seafood, and Korean style. Kenaz had to make giant s’mores every BBQ.IMG_1828

Shi-chan and Naho-chan got older. They had school and other school related commitments. Akiva and Kenaz couldn’t hang around with their cousins as much as they wanted.

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We went to see Kabuki for kids in Tokyo Art Theater.
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We did a little Tokyo tour around the theater.
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IMG_1622There are so many bugs in Japanese summer. Akiva and Kenaz always get into Japanese rhinoceros beetle. They woke up 3 am to catch beetles in camphor forest. They caught so many different cicadas. They can sneak up cicada on the tree trump and use their two fingers to catch it without a net.
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We went to see my grandma, 98 years old. She remembered vividly the time she visited us in Shanghai when she was 86 years old.IMG_1605While kids went to a local public school for one month. My mum and I manage to have some fun. 3 years after her back operation, she is doing great. She was even nominated to compete a game for air blowgun which she started for her rehabilitation.
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Summer – Ninja challenge

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Aug 102016
 

We saw an annual TV show Sasuke (American Ninjia Worrier). Kids got so inspired. They think they can challenge the competition. Before they actually register for the participation. We went to Tsukushino park in Yokohama where has 50 different obstacles. IMG_1709

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I liked this simple obstacle, about 500 m depth hole. We run circle inside of the hole to use centrifugal force to come out to the surface.
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This is called spider web. Kenaz was so good at hanging on the rope, but he couldn’t let go his hands to launch on the web. He tried many times but he held on the rope too tight. IMG_1745

We loved obstacles on the pound. There were about 10. I almost fell into the water during the bucket obstacle.

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We enjoyed all obstacle courses especially on the pound. We were there from 9 am  beginning till 5pm closing time. We became Ninjia!!
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We went to a water park, Tokyo Summer Land.
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There were different slides and obstacles (again!). Since we all became Ninjia worriers the other day. Jumping over the slippery tree stumps was easy!

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Handmade Ceramic

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Apr 162016
 

Finally our own potteries were ready!

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Happy 11th birthday for Akiva!

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Cherry blossom viewing

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Apr 032016
 

Jesse wondered why Japanese are crazy about Hanami (cherry blossom viewing)”. Japanese people often have a picnic party to enjoy cherry blossoms as well as food and drinks under the cherry tree. DSC_0265

 

Saturday morning my mother called me to ask if we are going to do Hanami. In fact, she has already done it in the park not far from her house. I asked her why she did it and why we should do it. She told me no matter what you need to eat meal why not enjoy cherry blossom and nice spring weather outside. DSC_0266
It was nice and warm this Saturday. We walked on the river side and went to Japanese Home Depot (Jesse spend two hours to try to find some pieces to modify a Nerf gun which made all of us crazy). Any way, Jesse picked a 57 cents plastic tube. It was time to eat lunch. We decided to follow the Japanese sprit to eat our lunch by cherry trees.

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Glass Blowing

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Mar 252016
 

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We made our own glass!
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It looks easy to make glass but it was not. Kids did very good job!
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spring break - 2 of 7

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spring break - 3 of 7

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Fossil Discovery

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Mar 062016
 

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Seventeen million years ago, Mizunami in Gifu (currently inland) was under the ocean. We took a half day lecture how to be Indiana Jones!! Actually Indiana Jones was an archaeologist. Fossil digging is a paleontology which I didn’t know. IMG_20160221_105755

It had heavy rain a day before. River was full. We couldn’t see geologic stratum. IMG_20160221_111026

Akiva always likes a gambling aspect of activities. He got very into discover something big and rare. IMG_20160221_113852

We actually found a many seashells, and pine cone fossil. It was very interesting how fragile organic pine cone was preserved. Many sands got into between plates which maintained the shape of pine cone.

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Winter Break

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Jan 172016
 

In 2016, our first best food was soba at Jesse’s favorite restaurant Nakamura an in Kamakura.IMG_20160102_130531

It was the busies time of year in Kamakura. Many people came to Kamakura Hachimangu, a Shinto shrine to prey for a good year. We waited for 50 minutes. It was totally worth it. I love their soba.IMG_20160102_125016

We drove from Nagoya to Yokohama to spend New Year at my parents house. On the way, we stayed by Lake Kawaguchi for 2 days. Lake Kawaguchi is famous for two things. One is a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji.  Especially early morning, Mt. Fuji reflects in the lake.IMG_20151226_071445

Another formous thing is Aokigahara forest as known as the Suicide Forest, very dense trees attracted people who don’t want to be found. IMG_20151227_110116

However, during winter time all leaves fall. Nice sun light came into the forest. It was the one of my best hiking in Japan. The ground of forest is volcanic rocks. We see many caves.

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This is the view from our cottage. I couldn’t stop staring Fuji.
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We did BBQ. We love pre-marinaded Korean bulgogi beef from Costco. We wrap the beef in lettuce to eat. Yummy!! Again, I couldn’t stop staring the mountain.

 

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We cannot finish BBQ without s’mores.

 

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More pictures from Aokigahara Forest.

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We didn’t see anybody in the forest. It was very quiet. Thick leaves on the ground made very nice soft cushion to our feet. It was very slippery too.DSC_0161

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