Akiva is going to middle school started from this August. Nagoya city gave a free baseball admission to all primary graduates in Nagoya. Nagoya has Chunichi Dragons, a professional baseball team in the Central League. We were invited to watch game in their Nagoaya dome stadium. A
Dragons played against Marines. Marines fan was very organized, had cool cheers like playing brass band, swinging big flags, singing and jumping up and down (not cute sexy cheer leader type). I really wanted to join them. Jesse and kids convinced me I am just having a mid age crisis.
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.
Do not attempt this at home. These scenes filmed by trained professionals using high-tech equipment (the boffer swords I made for Akiva’s Birthday present).
Still a boy. Not a teenager yet. But soon. OK… focus on the here and now… the positive. For the party, we had…
4 layer Ice-cream cake… perfect except the strawberry flavor.
The day before, we went out to go strawberry picking.
The day before, we went out to go strawberry picking. When we arrived, they told us we can’t take any strawberries home… have to eat them all there. With condensed milk. So for lunch we ate… just strawberries.
After Picking, we went to a shop and we all made pottery. It will take them 3 months before they fire it (or whatever it’s called) and we get our pottery back.
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.
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.
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.
We cannot finish BBQ without s’mores.
More pictures from Aokigahara Forest.
Komeda Coffee is a local coffee shop in Nagoya area. We cannot find Starbucks but Komeda everywhere. They are famous for 1 coin (500 yen) break fast set menu, coffee or your choice of drink (Akiva and Kenaz got milk) come with a thick toast bread with boiled egg or jam. Komeda recommend sweet red bean spread.Another Komeda’s special menu is a soft served ice cream on top of warmDanish pastry.
Wow, cold ice cream goes with warm danish very well. Kenaz cannot resist it!
I like hiking. Our new favorite is Mt. Miroku. On the top, we can feed birds. It is cute small green bird. Oh, about bird, when we were in Kamakura, a hawk took away my chocolate sandwich from behind from sky.