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Happy August Sweets Day!

JAPAN | Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | Views [1831]

Megumi, Hiromi, Maki and I had a wonderful August Sweets Day!  Our sweet of choice this month: an assortment of muffins - blueberry, craisin, and banana nut! It's always interesting having four of us cooking in my kitchen at one time.  I'm very grateful ... Read more >


Photos: Happy August Sweets Day!

JAPAN | Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Jettin' to Jetta Burger

JAPAN | Friday, 13 Aug 2010 | Views [1616]

Going along with the theme of trying some new cafes/restaurants, we decided to try out one of the new places at Depot Island (the new buildings behind American Village - or Okinawa Disneyland, as I call it.)  Jetta Burger enticed us in with this wonderful ... Read more >


Photos: Jetta Burger

JAPAN | Friday, 13 Aug 2010 | Photo Gallery


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It's raining...again!

JAPAN | Monday, 9 Aug 2010 | Views [1188]

"It's raining; it's pouring.  The old man is snoring."  (Though I doubt "he" could sleep through this whipping wind!)  "Rain drops keep falling on my head."  "It never rains in California, but girl, don't they warn ... Read more >


Photos: Sea Wall Sunset

JAPAN | Monday, 9 Aug 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Double Decker Pub

JAPAN | Friday, 6 Aug 2010 | Views [800]

We've seen this wonderful British double decker bus in American Village for quite some time now.  Looked interesting, but when we go to American Village for a meal, we usually have a hard time choosing between our favorite Ramen shop or to Ali Baba, ... Read more >


Photos: Double Decker Bus

JAPAN | Friday, 6 Aug 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Koi Cupcakes

JAPAN | Saturday, 31 Jul 2010 | Views [2594] | Comments [4]

As I was surfing the Net for some crafting inspiration the other night, I stumbled across an announcement that the sequel to the cookbook, "Hello, Cupcake!" that my sweet cousin Mel had sent me was now available.  "What's New, Cupcake?"... Read more >


Photos: Koi cupcakes

JAPAN | Saturday, 31 Jul 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Row, row, row your kayak...

JAPAN | Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | Views [575] | Comments [1]

...gently down the sea!  Last weekend we decided to drag ourselves out from underneath the A/C unit, brave the heat and humidity, and go to the beach.  Since we're not big on just laying out at the beach (I need a book or something to write on or to ... Read more >


Photos: Kayaking

JAPAN | Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Tiptoeing through the...lotus flowers?

JAPAN | Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | Views [1994] | Comments [1]

Megumi and I took a trip to the Southern Botanical Gardens here on Okinawa last Wednesday.  Neither of us had been there before and we were lured there by promised of the lotus flowers in bloom. This lovely surfing cow greeted us on the way in.... Read more >


Photos: Southeast Botanical Gardens

JAPAN | Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Climbing Fuji-san : The Way Down

JAPAN | Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | Views [755]

To pick up where we left off: and just when our exhausted legs, knees, feet, and well, you get the point- thought they couldn't go any farther, we got to climb all the way back down.  Due to a trail being closed because of snow, we climbed part of ... Read more >


Climbing Fuji-san : The Way Up

JAPAN | Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | Views [950]

Our bus arrived at Fuji-san at 5 o'clock in the morning.  We piled off the bus, stowed our additional gear in lockers, bought our ultra-cool walking sticks and started our climb. Here's a view from the parking lot.  The sunrise was gorgeous, ... Read more >


Photos: Fuji-san

JAPAN | Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Cruisin' Tokyo

JAPAN | Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | Views [945]

After walking around Asakusa a bit and getting the obligatory photo taken with the Asahi Beer headquarters building: (check out the "foam" on that giant mug of beer!), we set out for another adventure. Wait, what's that you say?  You've ... Read more >


Asakusa and the Tomitas

JAPAN | Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | Views [651] | Comments [3]

We met up with the Tomita family in Asakusa our third day in Tokyo.  This was Brandon's (and Iori's) first time to Asakusa and our first time to meet Sakurako's hubby, Nobuhiko. This is the famous Kaminarimon Gate.  Everyone stops to get their ... Read more >


Nakano

JAPAN | Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | Views [526]

I'd like to take a moment to pay homage to the area of Nakano in Tokyo.  It houses a covered alley of small stores that is attached to a multi-level shopping plaza.  It is in this multi-level shopping plaza that our Tours+ guide, Chris (he was the ... Read more >


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