The remembering

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.

Winding snow-carved roads  up the Mt

Winding snow-carved roads up the Mt

It was really tall.

Which are really tall.

Like, really...

Like, really…

Under all that snow, the top of a roof visible

Under all that snow, the top of a roof visible. Yeah.

And then there was Japan Day on base with lots of Bonsai trees..

Very old.

Very old.

Very little!

Very little!

And very lovely.

And very lovely.

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.

The Japanese just don't do ugly

The Japanese just don’t do ugly

And then this came out of my oven, which was an absolute miracle!

Yumba.

Yumba.

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.

Tiramisu frap. Heaven.

Tiramisu frap. Heaven.

And then we headed to the nearby city of Towada for the annual Horse Archery Festival!

Can't even handle the cuteness.

Can’t even handle the cuteness.

Only women competing.

Only women competing.

Beautifully attired

Beautifully attired

In action!

In action!

And of course while there, we had to enjoy the modern art sculptures along the main drive into the city.

Ghost

Ghost

Excuse me while I take a picture of your adorable family.

Excuse me while I take a picture of your adorable family.

Flowers and more flowers

Flowers and more flowers

Cloud house

Cloud house

And fat car. I kid you not..

And fat car. I kid you not..

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!

The fluffiest dough you've ever felt

The fluffiest dough you’ve ever felt

Measuring

Measuring

My friend, Miyuki

My friend, Miyuki

uhm, de-ri-cious.

uhm, de-ri-cious.

Just out of the oven

Just out of the oven

A few of the treats I made!

A few of the treats I made!

And then I ate a clam. Big day for me people! Baby steps..

And then I ate a clam. Big day for me people! Baby steps..

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.

Just blooming

Just blooming

Love the pink lanterns!

Love the pink lanterns!

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.

Moat surrounding the castle grounds

Moat surrounding the castle grounds

East Gate

East Gate

lovely

lovely

Rooted

Rooted

Hirosaki "castle" as it's called. But it's actually just a tower on the grounds, hence the size.

Hirosaki “castle” as it’s called. But it’s actually just a tower on the grounds, hence the size.

:)

We got to tour the inside!

One of the more blooming trees

One of the more in bloom trees

lovely

lovely

:)

🙂

Quite a wall!

Quite a wall!

another view

another view

Can't get enough :)

Can’t get enough 🙂

And then this happened at the festival

WOOD!

WOOD!

And these had to be eaten

Chocolate covered bananas. On a chopstick.

Chocolate covered bananas. On a chopstick.

And then we had to see this guy in the “wall of death”

Which was more frightening than I realized!

Which was more frightening than I realized!

yeap.

yeap.

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!

At the beach (the lake beach, which is on base)

At the beach (the lake beach, which is on base)

Being a wild woman

Being a wild woman

And it’s continued to be so down-right beautiful, that clearly a picnic under a canopy of cherry blossoms was in order.

Friends

Friends

lovely

lovely

and more lovely

and more lovely

Such cuties

Such cuties

And we obviously couldn’t pass this bad boy up.

Roller slide

Roller slide

Inner child uncovered

Inner child unleashed

She's a pro

She’s a pro

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…

Oh, Japan. How I love you.

Oh, Japan. How I love you.

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.

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4 thoughts on “The remembering

  1. Loved this great summary – with pics! J&I just met a young airman at the airport. He reports to the base # Misawa on June 3 as F-16 maint. Told him to look for Lt. THOMAS 🙂 Love you guys!

  2. Love seeing about your journey!!! So interesting! I would like to order one bento box please! Or could I come for one of those cooking classes?? Btw what are you teaching???

  3. Hey! Great to hear you love Japan and are enjoying your journey. Thanks for the pictures. it is great I can hear from you this way. Friday I am going to Peoria to see that little sweetheart Ruthie. Wish I could make it to Japan but not this week.

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