I'm a little anxious about making sure that the three years we spend here in Japan are well spent! I want to experience Japan!! so- we are going to try and enjoy as many parts of this wonderful country as humanly possible!
This week we ventured out to Mt. Mitake in Ome, Japan. The Air Force Base is pretty close to some fabulous mountains- and I think we could spend our entire three years just exploring a few kilometers away! this area is a national park of sorts- and we only spent a couple of hours at the river walk. I'm sure there is so much more to do.
The kids kept asking if we were in a Jungle! the insect and animal sounds were so loud! and pretty amazing.
All of Japan uses public broadcasting speakers in their cities for extreme weather, earthquakes, and other warnings. Apparently it's also often to chime the dinner bell or other things we can't understand. near the river there are several dramatic cartoonish signs about running for your life if there's a tsunami! They TERRIFIED ike. So- when the big loudpspeakers chimed some bells and a Japanese voice started saying things we could not understand- he panicked a little :) "what are they saying!?!?! mom!! what?! do we need to run!!!". it was pretty cute!
I am trying to get a few more pictures with me in them. and it infuriates Kent because I hand him the camera to take them and then I complain that they are a little blurry or not right. I shoot in Manual mode and it requires some skill. but if he would have shot this picture in auto- the flash would have gone off and we wouldn't have seen any of the background and the detail would all be left out and blah, blah, bah. I know I'm terribly annoying with the camera- telling him "wait- what mode are you in? make sure the focal point is on us". Sorry, kent. thanks for the picture :)
And here is an example of the signs! there were several- all along the river.
I hope our reenactment isn't terribly insensitive.
"everybody run for your lives if there is a Tsunami"