Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
On Sunday, my friend K and I headed out to Ashoro for their Fukimi Festival.
Along the way we stopped at this michi-no-eki.
Apparently there are a lot of horses in the area, so the whole michi-no-eki was horse themed and there were even races outside.
After that stop, we headed to the festival.
We wandered around the festival a bit to look at the different things that were around.
We bought fuki-tempura. It was delicious.
There was a fuki foot onsen. We wished we had brought towels along with us.
After we wandered the festival for a bit, we went in search of fuki. We found some just a few minutes walk from the michi-no-eki where the festival was.
It's so tall!
A single, super tall fuki in the michi-no-eki.
K: Aren't these cute? Me: They're not cute. Feet should not have feet.
Meat flavored cookies? Who would even think of such a thing?
After we wandered the festival, we went to yet another michi-no-eki where we had lunch. This was the view from our lunch spot.
K made bentos. Aren't they cute?
Inside was: veggies,
and rice with homemade bonito flakes. So delicious!
On the way home, we stopped at the huge cake shop. The chocolate cake was yummy!
K didn't have sunglasses and I wasn't wearing mine, so I made her use them for the super sunny part of the drive.
And after that fun-filled weekend, I came home and went to bed at 8pm.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
On Saturday we had a sports festival at one of my tiny elementary schools.
I was very much surprised to find that there were as many events for the adults as there were for the kids.
Speeches were made at the beginning.
There were lots of events. I ended up participating in a lot of them, so I didn’t get very many pictures.
The last event of the day was the relay.
We won, but barely. Note the other runner has fallen over because his shoe fell off.
After the sports day, we had a barbecue and hung out in the afternoon. It was a fun day.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
You know you've been in Japan too long when, salad seems like a perfectly acceptable addition to breakfast, even though you have bananas.
This was Friday's breakfast after finding leftover salad in the fridge from the night before.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
On Thursday night, I had friends over for a pizza party. I made the crust ahead of time with my new, shiny bread machine.
A & T are putting toppings on the first pizza.
Here it is a little closer. Topped with onions, peppers, zucchini, spinach and some beef/pork I tried to flavor like Italian sausage.
This is what came out of the oven. Yum!
T made an apple pie that we had for dessert. It was delicious! She made it because she knows how much I like cinnamon.
I didn’t have enough plates, so we ate pie out of bowls.
By the end of the night, the group grew to 6 of my friends in town, plus a game of crazy Uno (aka. Killer Uno).
It was fun, but we stayed up WAY too late for a school night.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Earlier this week, I needed to go to the grocery store, so I asked a friend if she wanted to meet for dinner. We went out for okonomiyaki.
We got two kinds. This one is kimchi.
This one had potato and cheese in it.
It was a fun excuse to hang out.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
After the barbecue, a few of us camped out by the lake. It was absolutely incredible to wake up to the next morning.
Before everyone left, we went for ice cream. It was so delicious!
It was a really simple, but really good birthday.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Yesterday, I celebrated my birthday with a bunch of friends. Some from town, some who live in other parts of Hokkaido.
K brought Totoro onigiri.
R was one of the group who was cooking.
A couple of group shots, we didn’t quite get everyone in them though.
Here are the shots from various cell phones. Cell phones don’t take the best photos at dusk.