Because sometimes life just starts to feel, well….normal.
And you forget you live in a foreign country and that your weeks are pretty full of adventure because you’re just sort of like….living.
Which is kind of awesome.
The normalcy truly is a blessing, but sometimes it’s good to stop and remember.
So here’s the remembering, and the last few weeks in a nutshell…
First there was visiting the Golden Line.
And then there was Japan Day on base with lots of Bonsai trees..
Must. Grow. A Bonsai!
Then there was the typical Japanese cooking class to attend on base. Bento boxes this time, which is basically a lunch box. Here’s a bento tray.
And then this came out of my oven, which was an absolute miracle!
And then THIS totally happened. It’s near the school where I teach in the nearby city of Hachinohe.
Uhm, yesss, this will be a beautiful thing.
And then we headed to the nearby city of Towada for the annual Horse Archery Festival!
And of course while there, we had to enjoy the modern art sculptures along the main drive into the city.
Then there was the tour of a local Japanese bakery, Honoka. The Japanese just love their baked goods! This bakery supports handicap folks through employment and a day center that is the only one in the city. And they happen to make the most delicious baked treats!
And if you weren’t aware. For the last 1.5 weeks Japan has been going crazy over the Cherry blossoms. Naturally, we have been as well. Here’s some at a local park in Misawa.
And then of course, we had to see Hirosaki castle surrounded by the blooms. We took a day trip to soak up the views and enjoy the large festival that draws quite a crowd.
And then this happened at the festival
And these had to be eaten
And then we had to see this guy in the “wall of death”
Have I mentioned that we love Japanese festivals?
So then, a few days ago it decided to finally be spring here in Misawa. Clearly Bailey and I had to take advantage of the warm weather and clear skies!
And it’s continued to be so down-right beautiful, that clearly a picnic under a canopy of cherry blossoms was in order.
And we obviously couldn’t pass this bad boy up.
And while you’re in the area, you mustn’t bypass the “largest Statue of Liberty in Japan”. I’ll be looking for those other smaller ones out there now too…
Quite a few weeks! But when the foreign becomes normal, every-day-living, it’s easy to overlook the little things.
Which really is a good thing.
Because this place feels like home, and we wouldn’t want it any different.