Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Hiroshima Till Now

Before dad left, we took a trip to Hiroshima. We spent Friday the 8th visiting Peace Memorial Park, the peace museum and the castle. We also tried Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, which has egg on the top and soba noodles added.

Check out our photos from Hiroshima!

Since then, I have got back into the swing of things. The following week was fairly broken, as that Monday was a public holiday and the last three days of the week we had the mid-year JET conference.

This week, I have just been teaching as usual. Not much else to report, really. We try to relax on weekends and Mika is now going to see the doctor in Kochi city on a weekly basis. She is getting closer to giving birth. Hopefully we can visit the doctor together next week, as it could be the only opportunity that I have to meet him before we scream into Kochi city while Mika has contractions, whenever everything kicks into action.

It has been pretty cold, but that's winter, right. Hopefully it won't get any colder between now and the end of winter. But if it does, we will just have to handle it. Our house has terrible insulation (yet another disadvantage of living in a country that doesn't embrace change and encourages people to do everything inefficiently and with as much inconvenience and difficulty as their false pride can muster).

My schedule is pretty full, so I will be spending a lot of time at school during this last term. I just pray that I can gather the energy that I need to enjoy lessons and really have a good time -- especially at shougakkou. :)



Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

Hello and welcome to a new decade.

We had a good Christmas. Mika and I both had to work on Christmas Day, but I had a good time, and we had a good weekend following it, with skyping my family and opening presents.

Last Sunday (the 27th), I picked up dad from the airport in Kochi. He flew in from China and has been staying with us over the New Year period.

We haven't done anything really exciting, but we did go to Kochi one day to see Avatar in 3D while Mika and Eddi went to see the Disney movie, Up. We also went to Uwajima to see the castle, and one day last week it snowed a bit, forcing us to cancel our planned trip to Nakamura.

So things around here have been pretty slow, and now I am back in the office ready to face a new year. I've taken nenkyu for the rest of this week so that dad and I can spend the time together, and possibly travel a bit while he is here. That all still needs to be sorted out, but is definitely something to look forward to!

Mika finishes work on Thursday. At eight months pregnant, she is doing very well.

Also, as promised (a while back), I have uploaded all of the photos from my cellphone memory card. Some of them were taken on my camera, as during some of last year and 2008 I was using the same micro-SD for both devices.

Go to my Picasa web album to see some photos and videos from my time here in Japan. It is not a complete collection, but there are some there that I haven't uploaded here; and most are interesting to see. Of special note are the ones about making mochi, which Mika's mum did around Christmas time, in preparation for the new year.

That's all for now. I am planning on getting my hair cut this afternoon and taking advantage of this sunny weather -- despite the cold -- to clean my car. I am still on the lookout for a buyer. The sooner, the better!