Monday, May 31, 2010

Shrine Sale with Culture Club

My Culture Club took us across town to s shrine sale. Shrine sales are quite popular around here. I guess they are like the Japanese equivalent to an American garage sale. They are usually on the grounds of a shrine, and people lay out all sorts of items they have for sale. Things range from very old to very new, very authentic to not-so-much, and very traditional Japanese to well, junk. It was fun to walk around and see all the items for sale.
The tori gate at the front of the shrine,and the entrance to the sale.
In front of soem bonsai trees that were for sale. They were $$$$!!!
This is a totally goofy picture, but I am trying on a coat that goes on over a kimono. Lots of ladies wear kimonos as their wedding dress, and then wear one of these over it at some point in the ceremony. I'm sure it looks better on the bride...
I ended up leaving the sale with 3 kokeshi dolls to add to my (and M's) collection and an obi hanger. For Christmas, the culture club gave us all obi's (the "belt" to a kimono). I wanted to display mine somehow, and found a neat hanger that the obi fits into and then hangs on the wall. It's now in our living room!
After the sale, they took us to TGI Friday's to eat. It was the perfect blend of Japanese and American culture for the day!
Mal passed out in TGI Friday's.
Eating and enjoying each other's company

It's the Easter Bunny!

I had a little picture session in my living room with my sweet daughter for Easter. Brett brought home the bunny ears for Mallory from his trip to Thailand, and the tutu was from friends in Florida. Put them together with a black blanket and it makes for a pretty adorable photo session!


Easter basket and goodies
Mmmm...this ceramic egg is delicious!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Family Trip to Ome Plum Fest

I did it again. I'm super behind on blogging. I think I might never catch up, but I'm going to try. We have a 4 day weekend for Memorial Day, and I"m sitting in our living room watching a movie, watching M play on the floor, and wearing sweats. The weather is cold and rainy outside (despite this being the unofficial start to summer) and I think this is some good bloggin' weather. So, I'll try to post a few things. Tomorrow and Monday (depending on the weather) we wanted to go do a few family things, so I need to catch up about March and April so I can post about May and upcoming June!
Anyway, on with the post. Mid-March is blossom season around Japan, and like everything else, they have "festivals" for it. Now, all that really means, usually, is that lots of people are out enjoying the weather and flowers. The Ome Plum Blossom Fest was just that- lots of Japanese people out in the plum blossom park enjoying the nice weather and flowers, and we decided to get in on the fun. We rode the train over to the park (about 25 min ride) and walked up the hill to where all the trees are. Aren't they pretty?

Along the way there are tons of food vendors, and of course we had to try out a few things. We had some okinomoyaki (one of our absolute favorite Japanese foods!) and also a chocolate covered banana, to name a few. Both were delicious.

We also saw this sign "Welcome Eyeball". What does that mean??? :)

These are literally fish on sticks. Brings a new meaning to "fish sticks", huh?
Taking a quick nap on the way up.
The flowers were definitely not a disappointment, and in full bloom. A few posts back I talked about going to this same park with my Culture Club, but it was freezing that day and the trees weren't quite ready yet. Today was MUCH better and we really enjoyed it! We were kinda dumb though, and brought the stroller. I forgot you had to go up and down the hill, which has a pathway with TONS of stairs. So, we sat towards the bottom and enjoyed the view for the most part, but that is really ok.

Some family photos.

Cool dude!

It was a good day. Life gets so busy with work and life and cleaning's good to get off base and spend some time together as a family, and enjoy the Japanese culture.