Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ema skiing cont.

Can't resist this great photo of Waka and Ema. Below is a very short video of Andy skiing with Ema.
video

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

video uploaded

I uploaded a funny video of Nami and her baby dedication on my facebook. Please go there to see it as I can't seem to understand how to upload such a long heavy video to this blog.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On the road home

I couldn't resist taking this photo to show how the Japanese expect you to use their toilets.
One funny sign I forgot to get a photo of was OUR WASH ROOMS ARE AUTOMATICLY FULL
Nice day to see Mt. Fuji on the way home too.

Nami in Kobe

Nami adapts quickly to new things, but she clung to my beanie dog while checking out her other grandparents home in Kobe.
In front of their house is this water drain ditch that Nami felt was her private road.
She also loved the little horse that was there waiting for her to gallop away on.
In the back seat of the StepWagon, we had made her a special padded bed since we knew that for the many hours it would take to go to Kobe from Chiba, there was just no way she would stay in the car seat all the time. She quite enjoyed her little jail.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Kobe at night

While visiting in Kobe with our daughter-in-law's family and while Koji was doing a rotation there, we enjoyed seeing the night lights of Kobe. Here we are on top the mountain near Aruma Hot Springs.

These photos were taken down on the Kobe Port.

Another view of the Kobe Port.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Love Hotel again

In Kobe again we stayed at the Love Hotel. Now who wouldn't prefer the above king sized bed to a single bed in a tiny room at the Aruma Onsen for 4 times the price?
Here Jack is trying to get the Karoke programed. On the left was a strange chair and below is a close-up. It came with instructions, but also needed money to get it working. We passed on that!

Here we are in the free robes singing our hearts out.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

perfect cowlick/relatives visiting

Have you ever seen such a perfect cowlick? Anyone know why they call it that?
With the relatives visiting, Ema enjoyed her view from Daddy's lap. While below the older kids play.

Remember the choco lab of yesterdays post? Well, after that photo he got loose and caused a real scare as he is too exuberant for the little kids and actually quite dangerous. So he was finally caught and put in the car prison. Nami had to go visit him.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Relatives visiting over NY

One of the joys of NY in Japan is many of the relatives come visiting, or we go see them. Above Uncle N came with his choco lab and of course Nami was excited. Below is his son and family. Only boy in a group of many new baby girls.

Nami is so curious about everything. With her is a 3rd cousin who is actually the oldest in this new generation of babies. Below she is with her uncle and his wife and baby with my son and his family in the middle.
Katsumi and his family. This second cousin (his father and Jack are cousins) spent a lot of time with Koji growing up. He has an older brother as does Koji and the 4 of them played together almost daily. The brush above in the photo below is actually part of the Iizuka land so it is only a skip and a hop to visit them.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

100 Days for Ema

Granddaughter Ema Jayden had her 100 day photo ceremony. I understand this is a Japanese custom. This kimono was the same one that her mother and grandmother wore on their 100 day ceremony.
Part of the ceremony photo dishes. Not sure how Mickey is related?

My first impression was this photo makes her look like a baby during Shakespeare's time!
More of the western touch.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Last of the Sparklers





These 4 came from overseas to sparkle in Sapporo!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

More Sparklers.





Other Sparklers

This precious little baby was the only baby there and I don't think there was anyone that didn't just love her.
This Hawaiian Hula Muumuu really was gorgeous.
Kashikoi sparklers
Even our MC minus her jacket really sparkled.
2 more great sparklers.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sapporo Sparklers

C & N sparkling at the Cabaret. N was also our Uncle Willy, but hard to tell by this sparkle.
Loved H. and her blue sparkle...everyone actually did great to sparkle.

M. had build it sparkle!
My roommate M and I. I stripped out of the pink sparkle tights as I just couldn't keep them up while moving around!
Dancing to music freely after the cabaret...so many sparklers.