Spring Events

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May 222016

It’s Spring.  Covner family events:

  1. Explored large abandoned railway tunnel.

tunnel 1 (1)

tunnel 2 (1)


2. Throw rocks into river.


rock throwing 2 (1)

3. Learn how to filter water.

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Handmade Ceramic

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Apr 162016

Finally our own potteries were ready!

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


We made our own glass!

It looks easy to make glass but it was not. Kids did very good job!

spring break - 2 of 7


spring break - 3 of 7





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Akiva is going to Middle School.

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Mar 252016

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.

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Fossil Discovery

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Mar 062016

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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Samurai Training

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Feb 062016

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).

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Happy Birthday Akiva!

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Feb 022016


Akiva is now 11 years old.


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.


Sushi Party.



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.









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