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

Monday, February 15, 2010

Quintessential Japan

So.....we decided to take advantage of the Presidents day weekend and see some more of the sights with Kent around to help. Saturday was by far the most ambitious trip we have ever tried but in the end it was well worth it. Here we are on the train heading to Yunnessan Hot Springs.

Odwara station
Cool Samurai statue @ the station
After nearly 3 hours of travel we made it to Hakone. Just another bus ride away from the Hot Springs.

What we had forgotten was that it was the weekend for Chinese New Year. The place was packed with people. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it was snowing! Brrr! Very cold but we were highly motivated to get to the springs.
Cold but the scenery was spectacular. The prettiest part of Japan that I have seen.
I am afraid that I didn't get pics inside the springs. I was afraid of dropping my camera in the water. Here we are though heading in with the "happenin'" robes they provide. We had a lovely time. Dozens of pools and hot tubs and Saunas. Well worth the trip!
Monday, after a Sunday respite of worship, a nice walk and a fun Valentines date with Kent(thanks to Aunt Vee) we decided to go see a Bronze Buddha. Here are a few of us waiting for the Enoshima Electric Train in Kamakura.
This cute little train is celebrating 100 years of operation!
Here is a fun store along the 12 block walk to the Buddha.

Oh..... and once again it was very cold and very wet!
This Buddha was constructed sometime in the 1250's A.D. It is VERY large and impressive.

Despite it's size and stature it is still something created by man. People worship this statue. Seeing it provided good opportunity for discussion with the children.
After viewing it we raced home(as quickly as possible) and had a nice cozy, relaxing afternoon indoors!


  1. Bree I am so amazed that you find the time and energy to post ALL these pictures for us to look at! I love hearing about your adventures. Thanks for keeping us up to date on all the cool things you guys are doing in Japan!!!!

  2. Thanks for the fun posts. Looks like you guys are having fun over there. We miss you!