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 - 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

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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
 

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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

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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
 

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Akiva is now 11 years old.

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Still a boy. Not a teenager yet. But soon. OK… focus on the here and now… the positive. For the party, we had…

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4 layer Ice-cream cake… perfect except the strawberry flavor.

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Sushi Party.

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The day before, we went out to go strawberry picking.

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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.

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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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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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New things in Nagoya

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Jan 172016
 

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.IMG_20151222_110848Another Komeda’s special menu is a soft served ice cream on top of warmDanish pastry.  
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Wow, cold ice cream goes with warm danish very well. Kenaz cannot resist it!

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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.

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