Monday, May 09, 2016

Another weekend...more work...

Joe and Logan played at Enoshima island, exploring caves, getting soaked by errant waves (Logan told me they were in a tsunami...he's learned all about them at day care because they did a tsunami and earthquake drill)...and I worked....I saw some beautiful sunrises....found random pictures on my iPad and played with Logan in the evenings.  















Working...

The boys explored the Taya caves in Ofuna while I was at work...I spied them getting off the train...



And Logan had these adorable flowers that he picked out.  Sweet, sweet boy.  Joe said he just found a flower shop and said that he wanted to get me flowers.  This boy.....


We walked around a bit in the afternoon while Joe napped before dinner.  Verny park is just starting to have all the roses bloom and they are spectacular!



Wandering in Yokosuka

While Joe and Logan were off adventuring in Chiba, I had a little bit of time after work to wander around Yokosuka until the guys got home.

The Honch is basically a giant party street and this small shrine is overlooked generally as its closed.  This was the second time I've seen it open.




Fun jazz figures at the train station....










Saturday, May 07, 2016

Stone Buddha and Chiba

Well, the project was finally in the test program, I was working all weekend, so Joe and Logan went off on an adventure.  The Stone Buddhas in Chiba were on my bucket list for Japan, but I had myself talked out of it because of all the stairs.  Adults were even saying how hard it was.  Thankfully, Joe chatted with one of the more adventurous folks at work, who has taken his kids almost everywhere since their family has lived here for the last 6-ish years.  Joe went on, undaunted.

The trip across to the Chiba peninsula starts with a train ride from Yokosuka, then a bus, then a ferry and then a rope way.  Whew.



Checking out the view back across the water...

And, the first of the stone Buddhas carved into the mountain at Mt. Nokogiri.



The overhang "the view from hell".  The guys enjoyed their view....



Every hike and adventure has a picnic.  



The guys started their hike up and down lots of huge bumpy mountains and looked at the thousand stone Buddha. All of them were different...



Finally the Daibutsu.  This one is just about twice in height as the Daibutsu in kamakura.  




Happy boy...Joe said he was amazing. No complaints, up and down stairs.  



Yeah, no kidding on the watch your head part!

The guys found all the cool little nooks and crannies...waterfalls, bridges....




Taking the rope way back down, Joe said that the folks on the gondola were awesome and let Logan have a front view...



Post hike ice cream on the ferry...well earned!

























Rainy Afternoon....

Two days before these people can were taken, Logan finally noticed the indoor play area at th Shoppers plaza.  I mentioned to him that we would only go there on a rainy day.  My boss helped my out by letting m know it was supposed to rain in two days.  Thanks....sigh. 

Sure enough, Tuesday rolled around and it was rainy. When Joe and Logan got home from work. Logan kindly let me know it was raining and then asked if he could go play...

Sigh...he was so sweet about it, that I agreed.  He was dressed in the blink of an eye too...amazing how that happens. 


Playing in the park on the way to the mall.


He was so happy...I let him splash in all the puddles he wanted plus he got his umbrella.


The play area was nothing special.  Some inflatable toys, balloons galore and a ball pit.  He definitely amused himself for about an hour and then we got some dinner...




Until the next rainy day, I'm sure I'll be safe!






Friday, May 06, 2016

Ameyoko Take 2

Joe wanted to head up to Ameyoko in Tokyo one more time and get the candy vendor to do his shtick...I wanted to check out some good food, explore Ueno park and just wander.  Unfortunately, the rain and wind came in very strong for a bit and we lost steam after Ameyoko and went to a new for us brewery...T.Y. Brewing.  

But, first, the food....

We stopped at a chirashizushi place and ordered amazing raw fish bowls...we both did custom orders.  I did salmon, tuna and salmon roe.  If you can believe it, the roe was all for Logan...he loves it and ate it all up, along with the rice.


We wandered through the markets, enjoying the lack of crowds....

Scallops bigger than our hands!


Enjoying a moment at the main intersection!  Kiddo has a cantaloupe stick...


Joe has been picking up the mad skills needed for these games...this day wasn't successful...I'm sure if he had out in another ¥1000, he could have done it.


We found T.Y. Harbor brewing after braving some crazy winds...probably the best Japanese IPA we've had so far...and it was served in a boot for Joe.


After resting our feet and enjoying a mid afternoon snack /second lunch, we headed back to the train.  Of course the weather was clearing up, but we were pretty done for the day.

We were just next to one of inlets and saw storm gates....of course they had great art....


And it was so windy that full Sakura flowers were blowing off the trees.  Logan made me a lovely bouquet...


Someone was wiped out....train snuggles with full drool going down my arm.  Wouldn't trade this for the world.