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Chisato & flower gardens PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kay Soede   
Friday, 04 April 2008

We went to Harajuku to have lunch with my good friend from Junior High, Chisato.  She has been flat out raising two children, looking after her mother, sometimes nieces & nephews and working full-time!!  I managed to steal her lunch time to share each other’s news, and enjoyed each other’s company.  Unfortunately, I was too busy concentrating on talking and looking after Zac (he was supposed to be asleep, but he fell asleep earlier and woke up before lunch time!!), so I forgot to take a photo of her & Zac. Bummer!!!!!

I am including some photos from the flower gardens I walked pass by today.  This one was at Shinjuku (the biggest station in Tokyo).

This one was at Yoyogi park.  It’s probably the biggest park in Tokyo, and I’ve taken Dave there years ago to watch Disney on Ice in indoor arena.

Zac and Yo-chan (my uncle – Shee-chan’s husband) sharing some thoughts togetherJ 

Zac and Obah-chan watching TV together J

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 April 2008 )
Last day with Hashimoto family PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kay Soede   
Thursday, 03 April 2008

We went to the cemetery of my dad & grandfather today.  Last time we visited there, it was only my dad’s, but my grandfather passed away last July and joined there.  It was nice and sunny, warm day today.



We went to watch Genki’s friend play game of soccer in the afternoon.  It was high school league games, and it was just the beginning of the season, but I just thought it was quite different games compare to the soccer in Australia.  Genki thinks it’s because of the difference in the physical strength, which Japanese people lack in – so they have to cover it with their techniques.  Quite impressive to watch balls keep moving from one person to the other without stopping at anyone . . . very good passes!  Well, I didn’t really take photo of that, so you get to see Zac playing his soccer with Genki J




It was the last day before we leave that we could see the Hashimoto family.  I think Zac knew something was going on, as he kept screaming and crying when their car pulled out.  Ayaka is in Ireland backpacking at the moment, and we dropped grandma off before soccer game, so they are missing from this photo.





This was my dinner tonight.  I think this is my favourite type of dinner.  Bamboo shoot season has arrived, and we had bamboo shoot rice, bamboo shoot soup, stewed bamboo shoot, spicy pickles and sun dried fish.  Yum, yum!!




Just in case you are not sick of flowers – another photo from the garden we went yesterday J

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2008 )
Jindai Plant Garden PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kay Soede   
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Another day of watching beautiful flowers . . . very happy J  Obah-chan (grandma) and Mayumi came with us to the special garden that has lots of different plants – and flowering every season of the year.


This ground cover flowers and tulips were at the entrance of the garden.  Very springy J





I didn’t realise there was so many different types of cherryblossoms.  This one is apparently quite rare.  It had a lot darker colour compare to someiyoshino, and it was very pretty J  It was named after this garden.






Guess what this flower is?  Everyone knows the seeds this tree produces . . .  It’s an almond tree!!!



























This was taken in front of another different type of cherryblossom.  There was a huge lawn area where kids could run around – so Mayumi bought a ball for Zac and they had a good run around J

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2008 )
Chidorigafuchi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kay Soede   
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

In my personal opinion, Chidorigafuchi is the best cherryblossom watching spot in the whole world!!!  I brought Dave here, too!  Just enjoy all the beautiful cherryblossom todayJ

 I think Zac enjoys food more than flowers.  We have a saying “hana yori dango” (prefer food than flowers) in Japanese, and this photo is capturing that very well J

Zac's birthday etc . . . PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kay Soede   
Monday, 31 March 2008

While I was flat out everyday – Zac kept growing and finally turned 2!!  Wow – time flies!!  He turned 2 on Friday 28th, and we went out and watched cherryblossom just driving around all day J  



On Saturday, we had a birthday party for Zac, but I completely forgot to take photos, as I was flat out preparing food & running it . . .  Poor Zac . . . no photo from his 2nd birthday!!



But I managed to remember to take a photo after Zac went to have a nap.  So this is the photo of the Hashimoto family (my father’s side).  Most of my friends in Australia would have met almost everyone.  Genki came as “Buzz Lightyear” of Toy Story, which Zac loves, but he didn’t mention “Buzz!!” Although he kept giggling watching him, so I think he loved the fact Genki was there to wish him happy birthday J

As he turned 2, he also graduated from playgroup.  I was told that we are welcome to visit 2 year old’s group, but I only have 2 weeks left, and it’s only once a week, I don’t think I will bother . . .  These ladies were teachers and were there every week.  There were heaps of toys Zac could play with, and he loved going there J  I’m sure he will miss it . . .

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 March 2008 )
Tomoko & Maruyama-san PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kay Soede   
Thursday, 27 March 2008

We’ve been out everyday and haven’t really had time to sit in front of computer for last few days!!


We went to see our friend on Tuesday.  Her name it Tomoko, and she used to work with me when I used to live back in Whistler.  She was a colleague from Whistler Mountain Guest Relations, and I moved into her unit when one of her flatmates left – so we were flatmate as well J  David & I visited her in Hiroshima when she used to live there (her hometown) in the past.  She recently got married and moved only about half an hour away from our place, so it was good opportunity to catch up with her.  By the way, this dog is a bronze dog, and someone put the scarf around it, and put leash on and tied it on to the chair!!  Zac was happy to walk up to it to give it a pat, because he can't do it to the real ones J

At night, mum’s good friends Mr Maruyama and his mother came over with lots of gifts for Zac.  They also gave him special Japanese May dolls for boys just after he was born, and they are sitting in his room back home.  They are probably most interested in Zac’s growth outside of our family J  Very sweet!!



Most of the cherryblossom flowers are about 70% open.  This photo was taken from the moving car, so the lighting isn’t the best, but hopefully we can go for a “hanami” walk when it’s full bloom sometime next week.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 March 2008 )
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