Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kamakura hydranges

After church on Sat. Andy and Waka took us up to see the famous free hydranges view. It was beside the temple where we saw lines of people walking the temple grounds which are the most famous for this summer flowering bush. But this place is up a trail beside the above cemetary.

It was raining this day and so many people wanting this view even in the rain.
Had to throw in this knobby tree that we saw on our walk.

graduation final photos

Denny and Joan were representing the Idaho family at the graduation.
Here is the Japanese girl married to one of Koji's classmates and their son. He is also in the Navy and she will graduate from Nursing soon.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Graduation park party cont.

Above is the Miyagi family who also had a medical school graduate. The boy on the left is a wonderful tennis player.
Nami enjoys sliding down the slope.
Mommy's and babies.
Here we have proof of Denny being a tease to our tiny Ema! She was sleeping.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Picnic after grad.

We gathered in the Loma Linda Park for a fun pizza picnic after the graduation. Almost all the Japanese students and friends came.

Brother Denny and wife Joan flew down from Idaho to help us celebrate.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Military graduation cont.

Our whole family poses outside after the military graduation.

Swearing in as officers above, below they pose with their officers above them.

Here the Airforce officer gives Koji his new ranking.

Military graduation

These LLUMS graduates met after graduation to get their officer upgrade. First 3 are Army, Next 2 are Air Force and the last one in white is Navy.
Here Andy and I are with Dr.Henry Lamberton, one of the professors who also was a good councilor to Andy when he was there. His wife is from my home town area and he always is so happy to see us.
The lady on the right is the one who keeps everything moving the way it should. I noticed she the one to organize all the events from Friday night to this military ceremony. She admitted to me that this last one was the most difficult to get people to follow correctly.
Andy is in the Navy and the girl on his left graduated with him. Her father is also Navy. Here Andy is talking to the Navy highest officer there that day.
Koji and Ka-chan posing before going in to the ceremony.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Graduation/with President Hart

Here Koji poses with the Japanese friends who came to congradulate him.
Koji and Shishin Miyagi the other Japanese medical student graduate.
Family pose with Richard Hart, LLU President. Actually he is also a childhood friend and a distant cousin.
President Dick Hart with his wife Judy. He also received 2 of my leis. Below with me! I missed meeting his brother Ken (another childhood friend and now a doctor in LLU area) and his parents who I've known all my life. His father was my father's roommate in academy 70 some years ago! Then dad's sister married his father's brother! That is how we are related.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Koji gets his MD

Koji coming down the steps with his MD certificate.

Notice he has my two shuriken(little sharp stars made of origami that were used by the Japanese Ninja to fight) I made these in the hospital when I had my operation and then strung them up for Koji and several of his friends. Notice in the first photo he had more leis but these arrived too late for the ceremony.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Graduation at LLUMS

LLUMS graduation . Here the graduates are lined up to get their diploma's on the far side. Shake hands with some teachers/president/ etc and then walk down this close side.

Koji and fellow graduate march to the front to take their seats.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Play in the water

Nami and her little friends cool off by playing in the water.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Friday evening cont.

Here is E with her Dad. She was born too late to get her silver cup at her dad's graduation.
Here the little girls are acting up. Good thing they did the graduates with kids first so they could get out of the way for the more serious part. After the kids cups they had each graduate go and find his parents (or wife in parents not there) and then come get in line and the as their names are called go up and the parents would put on the cape over the gown as the announcer told where each graduate would be going to do his/her residency and in which field. Also told the name of the parents (sometimes even a grandparent) who would be caping them. I was so sorry that I couldn't get anyone to take our photo doing this. So you will just have to imagine what we did.
With N. it was impossible for K to get in a position to take our photo, but I got her!