Isaiah 40: 11

"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to
his heart; he gently leads those that have young."
Isaiah 40:11

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Zushi and Yokohama

The following travels were more to familiarize ourselves with our surroundings than anything else but we had some fun along the way.
Our first stop after our usual bus/train rides was near Zushi a beach town about 20 minutes from Yokosuka. Supposedly the beaches rival Hawaii but we didn't make it there. We stopped at Ikego a Navy housing area.

Here we are having a little picnic and playtime there.

After checking out Ikego we decided to head to Yokohama
We had no idea what we were doing
Somehow we figured it out and made it to this remarkable park. I think it is called Negishi Forest Park.
The kids did a lot of rolling down hills and running free

A lovely pond with the biggest koi I have ever seen
The camera did not really capture it. They were HUGE.
Pretty trees
Up the hill is the Negishi Navy housing annex it is built on an old horse racing track. The emporer banned racing in the 40's. The U.S. soon after leased the land from the Japanese and built a bunch of military housing there. They are slowly returning the land to the Japanese. About 300 homes still remain and the entire development should be gone in about 10 to 15 years. These pictures are of the old abandoned grand stand.

We checked things out in the housing area and then headed back to Yokohama station to walk around(it was getting late and we were getting tired). I have never seen anything like it. Once again pictures don't really capture the size of things. Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. I have never been to New York or Paris but am certain that this place would rival them both. The station is a HUGE shopping mall. Way bigger than any mall I have ever stepped foot into. We didn't buy anything. Just looked around.

Trying to capture the sea of humanity

It was a good and informative day.
Now that we know better how to get there we will try and make another trip to see more of the city. We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Daddy Time

Saturday Naomi had a little fever. Poor baby. She is cutting a few teeth.
We decided as a result that it would be best to keep her home. We also decided that Zeke needed his nap and put him down. That left the big kids who were anxious to do something as we have only a few more Saturday's here. This was the place they decided on. It is called Kurihama Flower Park. The nicest thing about it is that it is only a bus ride away. No train. Oh, and the park is free(bonus). The bummer is that the flowers aren't in bloom right now. I sent Kent with the camera and these are the pics he came back with.

The flower fields all ready and planted:

The funniest part of the park(in my mind)
Yes. That is Godzilla

And Godzilla is a slide!

There were lots of fun toys

"Look no hands"
Good times

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chomping at the bit..........

Look what I found tucked away in a bedroom corner in this huge house.
Not only had Moriah set up this tea party but she put Naomi in a little dress and hair bow to join her in the festivities. I think Naomi only succeeded in spilling things but hey it's a start!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Walk

We started a typical morning getting ready for church and then began the usual hassle of getting from point A to point B. Walking to the bus stop. Taking the bus to the station. Getting on the train. Getting off the train. And then walking. Oh, about 2 miles. Yesterday we decided to go to church on base and had a lovely time of worship. We were soooo grateful. After church Kent took us to brunch at the Officer's Club. It was lovely and delicious. However, we ate WAY too much so we decided a walk was in order. Here we are heading off base on our way to Mikasa Park.

Along the roughly mile long walk is this really nifty manmade river

It just keeps going. Eli and Gideon had leaf and stick races all the way. I think the leaves usually won.

The funny sign at the entrance to the actual park.
The Battleship Mikasa
Lovely gardens
All of the plaques were in Japanese so I have no idea who this is. Anyone?
These two played beautifully all day
Gideon checking out the fire power

The ship was out of commission by World War II but we bombed it anyway. They have since just cemented it into place here and you can take a tour. If you wish to pay for it.

Kent bringing up the rear. Letting Zeke "discover" along the way
Naomi missed the park sights entirely
Zeke REALLY wanted to be on that train. Instead he just gazed longingly.
That is Tokyo in the distance
Lovely fountain

Loved the multi-colored stones here
More cool fountains
I love it when these guys get along. I think that was some stick racing going on.

Time to head home. But, couldn't pass up a shot of this amazing wisteria covered arch.

I want one!