For those of you who aren't familiar with Japan Misawa is in the Aomori prefecture on the northern end of Honshu Island which is the biggest Japanese Island.
We have actually been here since the end of August and are all settled in now. We have gone on some adventures with Chris and Florrie since arriving. The last few days of August were spent recovering from a very hectic summer that involved leaving Italy to visit the states, going back to Italy to pack out, and then flying to Japan.
September involved visiting many of our old haunts and introducing them to friends from Sicily who also transferred here this school year. We took them to Hachinohe so that we could show them around our favorite fish market. On the way we stopped at this crazy eclectic place called Slow Base.
Here is the fish market.
As you can see there are many kinds of seafood
at the market. Chris had some uni which is one of his favorite things. Nemo is always a little
stressed when we go to the fish market. He thinks the world should go vegetarian. A vegetarian, does not eat fish, that would be a pescetarian.
|On the way we saw seaweed and rice drying.|
We also got to watch the rice straw being fed through the thresher.
As we continued around the axe head we came
across some beautiful views and a monkey trap!
Nemo and I checked it out but we were a little
leery of Chris and Florrie; we have been jailed
in assorted locations from Guantanamo Bay to
Europe and now Asia.
And, yes! We did see monkeys! Nemo and I really wanted to hang with them but Chris and Florrie were worried about having to chase monkeys through the woods to get us back.
As we continued driving we were delighted at some of the views.
We saw this place and just had to stop and check it out.
It was long way to the bottom but we couldn't
resist going down. That was the easy part,
coming back up was not fun.
|We all wished we could have had a ride on that boat.|
This man was practicing before his turn.
|And, this is the parade between rounds.|
|Here we are hoping to get an autograph.|
|One of the competitors.|
|You can see the arrow speeding towards the target.|
We ended October with Japanese friends that
we have known since our first time in Misawa.
This is Mana, when she was five she was
Chris's sous chef, now she is 13 and has stepped
back into that role.