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



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.



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.



We enjoyed all obstacle courses especially on the pound. We were there from 9 am  beginning till 5pm closing time. We became Ninjia!!

We went to a water park, Tokyo Summer Land.

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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Birthday, BBQ (and NSFW Jesse photo)

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May 292016

Tt was my Birthday. Not saying how old I am. That’s not important and not saying anything else about that.

I worked a lot during the week, and Akiva went on an overnight camping trip with his class on my Birthday, and the day after he got back, he went to the G7 Summit to see the para-Olympians. So we split my Birthday celebration into two weekend activities. First… river hike + BBQ.

We went to a riverside camp in the North part of Kasugai (the city / suburb of Nagoya where we live) and BBQed some Costco beef w/ sweet potatoes and mushrooms. Then…


We went on a hike.


Kids got in a waterfall. I was feeling tired and a little down because I’m closer to the abyss of nothingness which all our lives lead to, and contemplating how all the energy of the universe will decay into ever-expanding heat. And in the meantime I don’t know how I can help my kids pay for college, ever, and global warming will make life so difficult for their children and all of our society is a sham because we have moral codes based on an obvious lie that we have free-will.


Then my children did what they tend to do…

Then… I decided I need a little shock to my system. (Warning: NSFW… hairy bear sighted)


So now I have a new Birthday tradition. Although next time should bring some river shoes / sandals so my feet are not tortured while I’m under freezing cold water.

On my actual Birthday had a little icecream…


Next weekend we went to see “Captain America: Civil War”.


A good movie about the theme of doing what is right even if that goes against the wishes of (possibly) corrupt society/government/leaders, or doing what is right by following the established norms of a democratic society which ensures mutual benefit and accountability. I can see how a lot of people would not like this movie because there really are no “evil” guys here… only people who let their pain consume them, causing them to either develop elaborate plans to take down super-powered beings. I can relate to this. What I cannot relate to is that Steve Rogers… liberal hero who stands for freedom of information and the right to self-determination (from Winter Soldier movie), now is a stand-in for anti-UN gun rights nuts.

Later had icecream cake…





Kids and Haga made an awesome present for me.



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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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